KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Police on Tuesday identified the victim in a shooting that took place Saturday near 21st and Quindaro in Kansas City, Kan.
Authorities identified the victim as Steven Sykes. The shooting took place less than an hour before a police press conference to address the recent spate of homicides in KCK.
“I don’t know if it’s turf war, retaliation, drugs, whatever it is, there is no earthly reason for this to go on,” Wyandotte County District 1 Commissioner Gayle Townsend said at Saturday’s press conference.
Sykes’ death came just one day after 15-year-old Brannae Brown was killed in a drive-by shooting.
Another homicide occurred on Monday, bringing the total number of homicides in KCK this year to 29, an increase compared to the 22 homicides at this time last year.
Police have not made any arrests related to Sykes’ murder.
KCK residents held a vigil on Saturday both to pay tribute to the victims, as well as to take a stand as a community united against gun violence.
“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.”