KCPD releases surveillance video to help find Craig Barksdale's killer

Posted at 5:16 PM, Oct 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-09 19:16:02-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City, Missouri Police made a desperate plea Monday for help from the public solving a murder.

Nearly four months after 26-year old Craig Barksdale was killed, police released surveillance video taken at a convenience store on 80th Street and Troost Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri.

"We're sure that somebody knows something and we're just trying to bring closure for the family," said Detective Jason Findley, KCMO Police Department. 

Findley said the footage from June 17th was released in hopes of generating tips that could help keep the case from going cold. 

"That's a relatively busy intersection and we have yet to get any information that's been helpful in this case," said Findley. 

In the video, you can see Barksdale talking to people inside the white Ford car, just minutes before police say he was shot and killed.

"They are not suspects, they are just somebody we'd like to talk to because it was about 30 minutes before the homicide occurred," said Findley. 

Police believe three women were inside the car and said they could have vital information that could help solve Barksdale's murder. 

"We just want to know what it was about, kind of find out what was going on, see if he said anything to them, if they said anything. We're just trying to figure out what that conversation was," said Findley. 

The surveillance video shows Barksdale walking out of the frame. That's when police say he was killed.

Barksdale's father joined police Monday, asking the public to break their silence.

"Somebody is going to feel comfortable enough with a friend or a family member of somebody, to tell somebody what they've done," said Craig Barksdale's Father. 

Police say unwillingness to talk is their biggest roadblock in solving violent crimes. Findley says it’s because many fear retaliation.  

Anyone with information should call police or the TIPS hotline at (816) 474-8477.