$15,000 available for info. leading to arrest and conviction in of KC man’s murder days before birthday

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Information leading to an arrest and conviction for the death of 25-year-old Jacob Skowronksi could now be worth up to $15,000.

Kansas City Crimestoppers offered $5,000 for information leading to an arrest in the case. An anonymous donor made a $5,000 contribution to the reward fund to double that amount.

Skowronski's family have offered an additional $5,000 for information leading to a successful conviction.

On Feb. 4, Kansas City Police were called to an apartment in the 9800 block of Hedges Avenue in regard to a dead body. Upon arrival, police spoke with the victim's parents who had stopped by their son’s apartment to drop off some of his belongings. They found the front door unlocked and Jacob inside laying on the floor with a gunshot wound.

“It’s hard to find the words to describe everything that we have gone through this week. This has been an absolute nightmare,” said Heather Taylor, Jacob’s sister.

Taylor describes her brother as kind, compassionate, and brilliant.

"He loved to learn; he loved to read; he had a huge heart; he was so compassionate. He appreciated every detail of life."

Jacob competed in debate at Lee’s Summit West High school. Family members say he graduated with honors then went on to attend the University of Missouri. He loved outdoor activities like wakeboarding and skiing. Jacob also loved gardening and playing guitar. His family members were devastated to learn of Jacob’s death, and the manner in which he died.

“No fathers should have to pick out his son's casket. No mother should have to see her son lying dead in one, and no parent should have to bury their baby,” Heather said.

The painful news came just days before Jacob's 26th birthday.

“It's a nightmare. We've already had to endure his special day without him. He should have been here to celebrate and somebody took that from him,” Heather said.

Jacob’s family members say they won't rest until the person responsible for Jacob's death is caught.

“Something like this doesn't just happen and nobody knows anything about it. There is somebody out there that knows something, and there is a family right now that is hurting for justice, that is hurting for answers,” Chris said.

Kansas City police have no suspects in custody at this time.  Anyone with information should call the police TIPS hotline at (816) 474-8477.