Kansas City's 108 homicide victims in 2012 remembered - KCTV5

Kansas City's 108 homicide victims in 2012 remembered

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Violence claimed 108 lives in Kansas City in 2012.

Most were killed by gunfire.

Their families and community leaders gathered Tuesday to remember and hope for a less violent 2013. The family members, many of them women, hugged and leaned on each other for support.

The names were read and the circumstances of each murder was listed. At the AdHoc Against Crime office, balloons were released.

"People feel helpless," said Police Board Commissioner Alvin Brooks, a community and political leader. "They feel there's nothing (they) can do about it."

AdHoc has conducted the balloon release for four years, and Kansas City has seen more than 100 homicides in each of those years. In 2011, Kansas City had 114 homicides.

Rosilyn Temple said her son was found in his apartment, lying there dead after he had been shot in the back of the head. Every day, she longs for justice and answers.

"These people felt my pain," she said.

Others agreed.

Helen Frazier, whose daughter Essence Willoughby was murdered in 2012, said she is glad to have others to lean on.

"The pain is still so fresh and so real," she said."The real thing is the support."

Most of the city's homicide victims were between 17 and 34 years of age. Three out of five were African-American men.

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