KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Families in Kansas City, Kan. say they feel helpless as violence plagues their city. In the past five days, four people have been murdered all within miles of each other.
“There needs to be a shift in the atmosphere.”
Her voice cracked as she spoke of her 38-year-old sister Natasha Hays. The mother of three was sleeping in her home when someone fired shots at it. Her 14-year-old went into her room to make sure Hays was okay. When Hays didn’t answer, the teen pulled back the cover to find her dead.
“What happened here, what happened just miles away from here within the last 24 hours, is unacceptable.”
Hays' murder was one of four in the past five days.
The day after she was killed, a drive-by took the life of a 21-year-old near 12th and Pacific.
Friday night, a teenage girl died after being shot during yet another drive-by this time near 5th and Freeman.
On Saturday afternoon, a man was killed near 21st and Quindaro.
“Somebody here right now. Knows something. I hope its uncomfortable for you to stand here and not speak up,” Bishop Tony Caldwell said.
“I don't want you to ask me if I'm okay because I'm not. I am not okay. They will not be okay. Her children are not okay. My family, we are not okay. As members of this community, you should not be okay.”
Hays' family stood just feet away from bullet holes that now cover the home. They're still in shock she’s gone.
“She had value. Her life meant something. She mattered to somebody.”
Hays' family told the crowd, as soon as they lay her to rest, they will find out who did this to her and spark a change in their community.
“We need to step up to the plate. There needs to be some accountability of what happened to her.”
“If you love her, if you love her, speak up,” Caldwell said.
If you know anything about the homicides, police need your help. Call Crimestoppers at (816) 474-TIPS.