KANSAS CITY, Mo.-- The month of January is one of the bloodiest months the city has seen in recent years. With hours left in the month, Kansas City Police are investigating 15 homicides, seven of them happened over a three-day span.
City Councilman Jermaine Reed says people need to stand up and speak out about these crimes.
"it's completely ridiculous. somebody knows something and we need people to come forward," said Reed.
At a vigil in the old northeast neighborhood, Reed says more families of victims need to be like the perry family, vocal about their hurt.
In the freezing temperatures, friends and family members of Otis Perry Jr held candles in honor of Perry. The 28 year-old was shot and killed on New Years Eve day. Perry's wife Rosa couldn't hold her emotions back.
"We are in denial right now, we don't want to believe that any of this is happening to us," said Rosa Perry.
The ADHOC Crime Fighting Group says it is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Perry's killer.