Group forges effort to bring closure to unsolved murders, one street corner at a time

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. --  A group of local community activists is forging a new effort to combat crime. Friday night their efforts were on the four corners of Prospect and Gregory.

The group handed out 2,000 flyers asking for tips on the recent murder of Alonzo Thomas. Pictured on the flyer, the 20-year-old Thomas and a message written in the young man's words, if he could speak today.

“Not another life need be lost here in this community,” said Bishop Tony Caldwell of Stop the Killing KC.

Thomas was murdered last week on 71st and Wayne. His family says he was shot and killed by someone he knew.

“We're asking that those witnesses come forward, God. Prick their hearts today. Put it on their minds today, God, that this was somebody's child,” said Caldwell.

Speaking for him Friday evening , the diverse group of community activists.

“We want to help the mother who lost her son. Her only child over a cell phone,” Vincent Muhammad of the Nation of Islam said to a passing car as he handed over a flyer.

“We're hoping that someone will see the flyer and feel the pain of the mother and will come forward and help the mother to resolve and give her justice,” Muhammad said.

With each car that passed, each flyer handed out, the group said a connection was hopefully made.

“Every Friday we're going to find some corner. We're going to find some family members that have lost their loved ones and try to give them comfort,” Muhammad said.

No arrests have been made in Thomas’ murder.  There is a $2,500 dollar reward for information leading to an arrest and charges in the case.

Next Friday new flyers will be passed out on a different corner asking for tips about other unsolved killings. According to the Kansas City Police Department, KC has seen 31 homicides this year and about one-third of those remain unsolved.

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