KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- A 21-year-old man was murdered walking to the bus stop and two months later, police still don’t know who pulled the trigger. The victim’s family says they forgive the shooter but still want answers.
Police from day one have been investigating this as a possible mistaken identity -- a man with a clean record who was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
“It was such a bomb dropped on us. It still hurts. We still dealing with that pain,” Jones's grandmother Sarah Edwards said.
Edwards had just kissed her 21-year-old grandson goodbye. He was walking his cousin to the bus stop down the street. Little did she know, it would be the last time she ever saw him alive.
“It’s hard. It’s hard,” Edwards said.
Jones was almost to the bus stop when 8 shots rang out. A bullet hit him in the head. He was pronounced dead shortly after.
“Relive it. Relive it. Every single day,” Edwards recalled.
Two months later, the crime scene tape is cleared but the bus stop area will always signify terror for Jones’s family and with no arrests in his case, the family has to think twice everyday about walking to the bus stop.
“Right now we're just uneasy. We don't know where the guy is... what is on his mind,” Edwards said.
Now the community has lost the young man who helped his grandmother with community work and was petitioning for cleaner stores in Wyandotte County.
“He was right along with me. He learned a lot,” Edwards said.
“That was the person I looked up to -- who I wanted to be,” one friend said.
In his short time, many kids saw Jones as a role model taken away by senseless violence. His family doesn’t know who is responsible but if that person is watching they want to say this:
“We forgive you, but you have to forgive yourself and let yourself live with this. Feel free from all of this,” Edwards said.
Anyone with information is urged to call Crimestoppers at 816-474-TIPS.