Seeking answers in unsolved murders, families gather urging witnesses to come forward

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- More than two dozen Kansas City families came together Wednesday night in hopes of getting comfort, and answers, in the unsolved murders of their loved ones.

Murdered victims’ loved ones gathered for a "Stop the Violence” vigil. The vigil set out to do two things: Support the victims’ families and also support the witnesses to crimes who are too scared to come forward.

The group gathered at Twelve Gates Memorial Gardens Cemetery on East Bannister Road. Many of them, wore T-shirts or held signs in honor of loved ones taken from them; murders that remain unsolved.

The theme was "Speak Up, Speak Out" -- a show of support for each other and those who know something about a homicide, but have yet to call police.

The families hope those witnesses see the vigil will have a change of heart.

“We all share the same pain, the frustration of not understanding why or how our loved one has been taken from us and nothing has been done about it. It`s just hard... you know? It`s hard,” said Natasha Flemons, who lost her son in July of 2015.

“A lot of times, families feel alone. When you lose a loved one to violence, sometimes the crime is unsolved, you feel intimidated, you don`t know where the murderer is, you don`t know if they`re coming after you, you don`t know what to think. And so we`re simply saying that you`re not alone,” said Saundra McFadden-Weaver.

Natasha Flemons’ 19-year-old son, Devin Flemons, was shot to death through a window of a house, all while he held his baby cousin in his lap.

Another vigil will be held for him on April 2 at 11 a.m. at 34th and Indiana where he was killed.

They will knock on doors, pass out fliers, stop cars and canvass, hoping to catch his murderer who remains on the loose.

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