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Kansas City remembers those murdered in near deadly year on record

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After a year of violence, the Kansas City community is starting the year in a somber tone, holding a vigil for the people killed in 2017. (KCTV5) After a year of violence, the Kansas City community is starting the year in a somber tone, holding a vigil for the people killed in 2017. (KCTV5)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

After a year of violence, the Kansas City community is starting the year in a somber tone, holding a vigil for the people killed in 2017.

The city came close to breaking the record for the deadliest year in its history set in 1993 with 153 murders. They’re hoping that they can convince people to break their silence to hopefully stop some of the violence.

“These are people that we're talking about, so that's one of the reasons that we do this as well as to let folks know that we care about them and that their loved ones matter,” said Damon Daniel with the AdHoc Group Against Crime.

Last year, 227 people in the metro were killed, and 149 of those murdered happened in Kansas City.

The city's 66th homicide was Turreze Harris. The 37-year-old was killed near 71st Street and Cleveland Avenue after an argument on June 19. His family, like so many more, say change needs to happen.

"One hundred forty-nine homicides for one year is ridiculous. It begins with us. It's not the police. It's not AdHoc. It's not the person who committed the crime, it begins right at home," Harris' cousin, Anita Randle, said.

As the new year begins, and Harris' murder, like so many others, remains unsolved, the community continues to rally behind Randle and others like her. While there are requests for answers, the focus has stayed on still having compassion, even for those that have committed the crimes.

“Without grace, without faith, without hope, without mercy -- you have nothing,” said Randle. “So if you hold onto those, you have something.”

"The biggest thing is one is too many. And so, for 2018, we're hoping for and praying for is that one we have none, and secondly, though, those who lost loved ones this past year in 2017 and beyond, there's still a lot of unsolved homicides out there," said Daniel.

Anyone with information on any of the city’s unsolved homicides is asked to get in contact with the police department or CrimeStoppers at 816-474-TIPS.

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