Unknown Alonzo Thomas Killer- Missouri- 2014 Aug 26, 2017 4:44:03 GMT -5
Post by Scumhunter on Aug 26, 2017 4:44:03 GMT -5
(Above photo credit: Kansas City Metro Crime Stoppers)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. —
While Kansas City is on pace to have its fewest homicides in decades, the improved numbers won't be enough to help the families of this year's victims.
Monique Willis has devoted the last eight months to finding the person who killed her son, Alonzo Thomas.
"It happened on the fifth of the month, so somewhere around the first of the month, I start getting more emotional," she said.
Her grief, she said, is as predictable as the passing of each day.
"I never actually understand why until I look at the calendar," she said.
Willis lost her son on April 5. He was 20 years old.
"I am a mama on a mission," she said. "I vow to seek justice for my son, my only child."
Thomas was living with his mother at 71st Street and Wayne Avenue at the time of his death. He was shot on a neighbor's front porch on a sunny Saturday afternoon.
That day, he became Kansas City's 15th homicide victim of the year.
Witnesses reported seeing a man running from the scene, but Thomas's case remains unsolved.
"His killer is still around, so it needs to be known that his mother is still here to fight for him," Willis said.
Willis is among the 17 families in Kansas City fighting for an arrest in the slaying of a loved one this year. This week, city leaders shared new crime statistics showing the city on pace to show a 30 percent decline in homicides.
"When you meet the people who've lost someone in their lives, for them it's 100 percent," said Kansas City Mayor Sly James.
Willis now helps raise her grandchildren: Zoey, 3, and 3-month-old Alonzo Thomas V, named for a father he'll never meet.
Willis said she keeps her son's case alive for them.
"If I was to sit down, (the killer) would know, ah, it's over with. No one is looking for me anymore," she said. "That's not going to be the case. I'm going to continue."
A $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction is still available. Anyone who can help police is asked to call the Crime Stoppers TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.
Crime Stoppers coverage (scroll down for case): kccrimestoppers.com/sitemenu.aspx?ID=452&P=unsolved
Thoughts? Alonzo's mother is featured in a few articles if you Google his case. According to another article I read, she doesn't think robbery was a motive since Alonzo still had money in his pockets and he also only had a small circle of friends and acquaintances, suggesting he likely knew his killer.
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