About 40 percent of the murder cases in Kansas City are unsolved. Many of those cases are considered cold.
FOX4 Crime Files takes an in-depth look at some of these cases, each one representing a life lost, and loved ones searching for answers.
Each week, FOX4 brings you firsthand accounts from the families who have turned their grief into action as they seek justice, as well as the detectives working tirelessly to bring them the closure they desperately seek.
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Episode 1: Jacob Skowronski
On February 4, the parents of Jacob Skowronski found their son shot to death inside his apartment, just days before his 26th birthday. Their pain continues to linger knowing that the killer is still out there.
Episode 2: Charlie Bates
On March 26, 2012 someone shot 24-year-old Charlie Bates multiple times as he rode in a car with a friend. Six years later, Charlie’s mother, Madge, is still seeking justice.
Episode 3: Kendrick Anderson
Kendrick Anderson was driving down the highway on Labor Day of 2017 when someone fired into his car, killing him and wounding a passenger. It was two days before his 28th birthday. He leaves behind two daughters, and a mother wondering who could have done this.
Episode 4: Chris Bartholomew
Chris Bartholomew was 21 years old when he was killed by a stray bullet in Kansas City’s popular Westport district in 2007. His mother, Misty, has no closure in her son’s death more than a decade later.
Episode 5: Alonzo Thomas IV
Alonzo Thomas was gunned down at a friend’s house when he stepped outside to take a phone call in 2014. He left behind two children, including one he never met. His mother, Monique, says she will never give up the search for his killer.
Episode 6: Chad Donaldson
It’s been over three years since 36- year-old Chad Donaldson was shot and killed after leaving a gas station in Belton, Mo. His parents, Craig and Jenny, tragically lost their son, but they haven’t lost hope that the killer will be brought to justice.
Episode 7: Christopher Shaver
On Oct. 27, 2017, Christopher Shaver was outside a home with a woman when an unknown man pulled up in a car, got out and started shooting. The woman was shot in the hip, but survived. Christopher did not. Despite numerous witnesses, police say no one has come forward.
Episode 8: Asaan Williams
There were multiple witnesses when 18-year-old Asaan Williams was shot to death in Seven Oaks Park on March 13, 2015. He was killed in broad daylight with about two dozen witnesses in the park, but so far his murder is unsolved.
Episode 9: Destiny Weaver
On June 2, 2017, Destiny Weaver was shot to death inside a car at Tower Park in Kansas City’s Waldo neighborhood. The park is a popular area, so investigators say there is a strong possibility that someone witnessed something. So far, detectives have not been able to track down her killer.
Episode 10: David Krantz
32-year-old David Krantz was gunned down near Norledge and White Avenues in the Old Northeast on March 5, 2014. Detectives told FOX4 that witnesses saw someone in a silver Monte Carlo fire a gun and then speed away. More than four years later, his killer has not been found.
Episode 11: Kyle Longdon Jr.
Detectives with the Kansas City Police Department said they are close to solving the murder of 20-year-old Kyle Longdon Jr., who was shot in the stomach near 12th Terrace and Woodland Avenue on Nov. 17, 2014. Detectives said the crime lab is processing evidence in the case, but they still need help from witnesses.
Episode 12: Arthur Mourning Jr.
Arthur Mourning Jr., known as “Lee Lee,” by friends and family, was shot after opening the front door of his home on Nov. 23, 2016 — the day before Thanksgiving. Detectives said that he was the victim of a robbery gone bad and had likely been targeted because the suspect believed he had money.
Episode 13: Antonio Thompson
Antonio Thompson was killed in 2011 and found dead in his apartment. He was 25 years old. His mother and detectives hope 7 years later someone will come forward with what they know.
Episode 14: Kiki Morton
It’s been more than a decade, but a Kansas City family is still hoping that someone will help solve the murder of Kiki Morton and her boyfriend Marco Summers in 2005.
Kansas City police say Morton and Summers were found inside of a vehicle suffering from gunshot wounds near 116th and Bennington. They both died from their injuries.
Detectives and family members believe there may be more witnesses out there because the shooting happened in the middle of the day.