Deadly Night Keeps Kansas City Police Busy

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It has been a deadly 24 hours in Kansas City. Police say the blood shed started on Friday night with a deadly fire.

The death toll continued with five other homicides that ended at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday. There were six murders at three different crime scenes. Kansas City's new Police Chief Darryl Forte as well as Mayor Sly James both talked about the crime spree that left a high body count on Saturday.

"We want to let everyone know we are doing everything we can do," said Police Chief Darryl Forte.

Investigators believe a body that was found inside a fire at a home on Kansas City's east side was a homicide. Police and firefighters responded to the area of 28th & Van Brunt  around 8:30 p.m. on Friday. They also said it appears the fire was intentionally set.

The next crime happened  two hours later. Officers responded to 24th & Lister where three people were shot and killed.

After the triple homicide on Lister, police got another call about a double shooting on Benton at 6:30 a.m. Saturday. Eddie Nicholson says one of the men that was murdered was his brother.

"That's my brother, we grew up together," Nicholson said. "We fought, we had fun. We're brothers. I loved him."

Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forte has been the top cop for about six weeks. He hopes his efforts to boost community policing will help his department solve these horrific crimes.

"We have to engage the community," Forte said. "W e can't keep doing like we have done before. We have to do things differently and that's by going out there and knocking on doors."

These murders put the city's homicide rate at 95 deaths so far for 2011.

The police chief says he has 20 percent more officers on the streets this weekend to beef up patrols and to generate leads to solve the recent homicides.

If you have any information on these crimes,  call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477 or the Homicide Unit at 816-234-5043.

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