Reward in JaQuail Mansaw homicide case increased to $5,000

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. — An anonymous donor contributed $3,000 Tuesday to help authorities find the suspect responsible for the Jan. 4 drive-by shooting that fatally wounded 7-month-old JaQuail Mansaw.

The donation brings the total reward to $5,000 for anyone who can provide police with enough information that will lead to the custody of whoever is responsible for the infant’s death.

The mother of the infant, 25-year-old Balethia Washington, suffered minor injuries during the shooting.

Police urge you to call the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS with any information or details. All information is anonymous.  ​

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Police say JaQuail Mansaw was killed when someone drove by his family’s home in the 2700 block of North Early Street and sprayed it with bullets. He was shot in the back and later died at the hospital. He is the fourth child killed by gunfire in our area since October.

Six-year-old Angel Hooper was shot outside a South Kansas City, Mo., gas station with her father in mid-October. Two men have been charged in her murder.

Nine days later, 10-year-old Machole Stewart was killed in a drive-by shooting at her home near 15th and New Jersey in Kansas City, Kan.

Back in December, someone shot and killed Kahlif L’ron Hampton at his house on North 70th Terrace.

Police are still searching for those responsible in the cases of Machole, Kahlif, and now JaQuail.

“It makes you sick in the stomach,” said Alvin Brooks of AdHoc Group Against Crime. “It makes you angry. It makes you say, ‘What’s happening to us as a society?’ The mentality of no respect for life, that we have a right to live far before our time.”

Brooks believes the senseless violence should spark outrage among everyone in the community, and that families, churches, neighborhood organizations and city leaders must work together to make a change.

If you would like to donate to the JaQuail D. Mansaw Memorial Fund at Security Bank or any Bankability Banks, bring or mail cards to:

Security Bank
1000 Minnesota Ave.
Kansas City, Kan. 66101