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Parents pledge daily candlelight vigil until 7-month-old's killer found

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KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -

Unified Government Mayor Mark Holland and KCK Police Chief Terry Zeigler said detectives need tips from the public to help solve the fatal shooting of a 7-month-old baby.

JaQuail Mansaw died after someone fired a barrage of bullets into his home about 10:30 p.m. Sunday. His mother desperately, but unsuccessfully, tried to shield him. She said the killer knew the baby was inside the home because the killer would have seen them enter before immediately began firing shots.

Altogether, six children were inside the residence in the 2700 block of North Early Street.

No arrests have been made in the case.

During a candlelight vigil Thursday night, JaQuail's parents demanded justice.

"This is just the beginning. We're gonna make sure his memory stays alive every day. I will have a candlelight vigil every day," the baby's grieving mother, Balethia Washington, said. "I will walk these streets every day. We're gonna find out who killed my son."

MyQuail Mansaw said he has experienced much loss but nothing like the murder of his son.

"It just hurts my heart so deep," he said.

The baby's mother said she just wishes she had one more chance to tell him how much she loves him.

His family deserves justice, city leaders said during Thursday afternoon's news conference.

"This is a tragic event that shouldn't have happened," Zeigler said, adding that police need help from residents in bringing the killer to justice.

Kansas City's CrimeStoppers said on social media Wednesday that an anonymous tip was helpful information, but asked that the tipster contact them to provide more information. Zeigler said police have received few tips.

"We are having problems getting information and leads," Zeigler said.

The TIPS Hotline is 816-474-TIPS.

Wyandotte County Commissioner Gayle Townsend said she was adding $250 to the reward fund, bringing the total to $2,250. Residents can also donate to the reward fund.

Holland said KCK and Wyandotte County residents especially children deserve to feel safe in their homes. He asked for the community's help in putting the perpetrator away. He said he knows some fear talking due to retribution, but he promised that the community would be behind them.

KCK detectives worked 30 homicides in 2014 compared to 29 in 2013. Among those killed was 10-year-old Machole Stewart, who also died in a hail of bullets fired at her house as the family watched a World Series game. Authorities have not made an arrest. A 16-year-old was shot and killed in an alley last month.

Zeigler said he is hopeful that detectives will be able to ask a prosecutor to seek charges "in the near future" in Machole's murder. Detectives recently traveled out of town to interview "a subject," and continue to follow up on leads.

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