Friends and family who knew the victim comfort one another.
Friends and family believe the victim is 56-year-old Jimmy Clark. His daughter provided this picture of him.
The victim was known to sleep on mattresses behind a BP Gas Station. His body was found there.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -
A man was found dead in an alley behind a gas station on the city's northeast side Thursday morning.
Friends said the man, who was known to sleep on a mattress in an alley behind a BP Gas Station, never bothered anyone. The alley is a hang out spot for some of the homeless people in the area.
Someone went back to the alley to check on him about 6 a.m. and discovered his lifeless body on the mattress with obvious signs of trauma.
"He was a good man, he never bothered nobody," Joe Yanez said.
Friends and family broke down in tears when they heard the news. They said they believe their loved one, 56-year-old Jimmy Clark, was the man found dead behind the gas station off Independence Avenue and Van Brunt Boulevard.
Victoria Rodriquez remembers Clark fondly, after working with him 30 years ago at the Heart of America Indian Center.
"He would always help out. He worked there. He'd stock commodities - that's how I met him. He had long black hair - 100 percent Native American Indian," she said.
Rodriquez doesn't know how he wound up homeless, sleeping in the alley or why someone would want to cause him harm.
"Why would anyone do this to him? He was not an aggressive person. He was not a troublemaker. He didn't deserve that. He has a beautiful daughter. Why would anyone do this to him?" she said.
Yanez said he was Clark's best friend and he saw him in the alley Wednesday evening. He said he now wishes Clark had listened to his request.
"I said, ‘come on, let's walk.' He said, ‘no, just hang out for a little bit.' (I replied) ‘Ok, I'm going to go,'" Yanez recalled.
Police said there were obvious signs of foul play, but they wouldn't say how the victim was killed. They want to talk to anyone who had been in the busy area who saw Clark before he was attacked.
"It's a wide group of people who hang out here. We want to talk to anyone who came through here, who saw him last is the big thing," Kansas City Police Department spokesman Darin Snapp said. "We want to know what time he was killed and who he was with the last time people saw him."
Police are still waiting for an autopsy to be completed to confirm the victim was Jimmy Clark. They are asking for anyone with information that can help them track down whoever committed the crime to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS. Callers can remain anonymous.
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