KANSAS CITY, MO – Jackson County COMBAT staff and Kansas City Police officers returned to the scene of a horrific crime Thursday evening. They joined local volunteers to canvass the Ruskin neighborhood around the south Kansas City park where a 14-year-old girl was found murdered in January.
The canvassing event started with an anti-violence and drug awareness rally in The Bay Water Park at 7101 Longview Road. Alexis Kane’s body, beaten and shot, was left in the park Jan. 11, just a mile from the middle school the eighth grader attended.
“Just a few days before her own senseless, violent death, Alexis had asked her school principal why people would shoot other people,” Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders said. Speaking to kick off the event, County Executive Sanders said “We are determined to do all we possibly can to prevent more tragedies like this. We are going to get the word out about preventing violent crime.”
Jackson County urges citizens to step up and speak up about criminal activity, through contacting the anonymous COMBAT Crime Hotline, (816) 881-3662. Other information distributed Thursday highlighted services provided by COMBAT-funded agencies, including drug and violence prevention, as well as substance abuse and mental health treatment.
The Concord Fortress of Hope Church and its pastor, Ronald Lindsay, partnered with COMBAT to raise awareness about preventing violent and drug-related crime. The church is located on Longview Parkway, less than three miles from The Bay Water Park.
The canvassing event was the first of several COMBAT has scheduled for 2015.