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Reward increased for information about killing of 24-year-old in Westport

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Zachary Pearce. (Greater Kansas City Crime Stoppers) Zachary Pearce. (Greater Kansas City Crime Stoppers)
It happened about 11 p.m. Sunday in the 100 block of East 40th Street. (KCTV5) It happened about 11 p.m. Sunday in the 100 block of East 40th Street. (KCTV5)
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UPDATE: The reward for information leading to an arrest or the filing of charges in connection with a 24-year-old's death in Westport has increased.

Now that the family has added an additional $500, the reward total is now at $5,500.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Crime Stoppers Greater Kansas City TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477). Tips may also be submitted electronically at www.kccrimestoppers.com. You can also download their mobile app called P3TIPS in the Google Play store or the Apple App Store for free.  

Previous coverage below:

Police are investigating Kansas City's 134th homicide of the year after a man was shot and killed while walking home from Westport.

It happened about 11 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, 2017 in the 100 block of East 40th Street.

The victim was identified as Zachary Pearce, 24 years old. 

Police say a maroon SUV pulled up next to two men in their 20s as they were walking near Walnut Street. Officers say a person inside the vehicle pulled out a gun and demanded that the men hand over their phones and wallets.

Both men handed over their belongings, but the suspect still fired a shot. Pearce was hit by the bullet and was found dead when officers arrived at the scene. The other man was not hurt.

Pearce's father says when police first told him someone killed his son he couldn't speak. 

Since then, he's felt anger and pain.

"I can't cry at the moment and it makes me angry because I've cried so much," he said. "These people don't know the person they took."

Police say the suspect and at least two other people left the scene in the SUV.

Anyone with information is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

Investigators are asking anyone with potential home exterior video to come forward to help. 

Related coverage:

Police looking for SUV seen at Westport homicide at 40th, Walnut

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