Kansas City mom frustrated as son’s killing goes unsolved


EDITOR’S NOTE: A previous version of this story reported on Kansas City’s homicide clearance rates. It has been updated.

Even as Kansas City’s murder rate remains high, police say they are solving most cases. The Kansas City Police Department says its clearance rate is 65%. To date, 122 people have been killed in Kansas City in 2021. While KCPD has lost a significant number of officers, the agency said its homicide unit remains full.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — From bullets flying into homes, to people shot while driving down the road, shootings in Kansas City happen on a regular basis.

It’s a reality many families say they expect when losing a loved one.

“I have a cousin. His murder is still unsolved. That’s sad. It’s not getting better … For the community to think it’s OK to continuously kill people, shoot, use guns because, evidently, they know nothing is going to happen,” Nyree Falkner said.

Falkner’s biggest loss is her son, 32-year-old Mortez Falkner shot on his birthday in the 18th and Vine District on Sept. 8.

His mother said the day he was killed, her son also learned he would be a father.

“It’s upsetting. It’s not like my son deserved this, like he was out doing something he had no business. It was his birthday. We gave him a birthday dinner at Eddie V’s at 6; we left at 9. My son was shot at 12:10,” Falkner said.

Kansas City police said one of their biggest hurdles in solving crimes is that so few people want to come forward with tips.

Falkner said she was told to be patient.

“I feel like they just tell me that to appease me. But I just don’t want my son to be forgotten. I don’t know what they are doing. Just tell me, so I don’t have to guess and assume that you’re not doing anything,” Falkner said.

If know something about this case, you’re asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477. There is a $31,000 reward being offered for information leading to an arrest in this case.

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