KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A victim’s family pleads for tips in a five-year-old murder case, a case they fear has gone cold. Five years ago, April 9, 2008, 25-year-old Jeff Rogers was gunned down in his own home at 84th and Tauromee in Kansas City, Kan., the victim of a home invasion. Detectives say there’s no apparent motive for the home invasion. Some tips came into police early on but they didn’t lead anywhere solid and now the calls have stopped coming.
Rogers loved ones say he was a good man, just getting started with his life.
“He’s just a young kid, never got to start a family, raise kids,” said Roger’s uncle John Frishman.
Rogers mother Nancy Euler says as hard as this day is, the day before her son’s death is even harder for her because she thinks about how full of life he was. He’d had friends over that night, after they left and her son turned out the lights to go to bed, four or five people burst into his home, robbed him and shot him. Rogers managed to call police but he died at the hospital from his injuries.
“Jeff wasn’t into drugs or gangs or anything,” said Frishman.
Frishman says the reward for information is up to 10-thousand dollars. Since there were four or five people involved in the home invasion, the family hopes the reward money is enough to make someone think seriously about picking up the phone and calling in a tip. Rogers mother just wants to know whoever did this, won’t do it again.
“It’s worse being unsolved and somebody needs to do the right thing and come forward,” she said, “I just don’t want any families to go through this, it’s too much sometimes.”
Calls to the TIPS Hotline are anonymous and the reward for information that leads police to the killer is at $10,000. If you have information, call 816-474-TIPS.