Mourners gather, family begs for information about murder of young KC father

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Hundreds gathered to remember a 23-year-old father of two Wednesday night. The Kansas City man was gunned down, his body left for four hours before a family member found him.

Family members are begging to know who pulled the trigger and wonder if police could’ve done more to save Anthony Johnson’s life.

On Sunday afternoon, a woman in Stone Haven apartments called 911 after hearing shots fired. Police say they didn’t have specific enough information and left. Hours later, a family member found Anthony’s body. Wednesday night hundreds of his family and friends met to mourn his death.

Family says it’s unsettling that his body was left for so long and can’t help but wonder if someone would’ve found him sooner, would he be alive today?

“It was just so hurtful to me. I'm thinking that maybe, had he not been there that long, maybe he could've been saved. Maybe they could've done something for him. No one knows for sure but there's always that possibility. Like I said it's just unbelievable,” Anthony’s grandma Ola Willis said.

City councilman Jermaine Reed spoke at the vigil Wednesday, telling the crowd Anthony was his cousin. Organizers say detectives know there are several witnesses out there, some they believe were at the vigil Wednesday.

Anthony’s family says they have no idea who this shooter is or any possible motives. They are begging, if you know anything about this, call Crimestoppers at (816) 474-TIPS.

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