Anger over boy's death turns into intense search for witnesses

Bill Grady
August 13, 2019 - 6:32 am

Kansas City, MO - This morning, police officers and volunteers went door to door in the neighborhood around 83rd and Tracy hading out flyers, hoping to find someone who saw or heard something that will lead to the arrest of Brian Bartlett's killer.  

The 8-year-old boy was shot to death while he slept in his home Saturday night.

Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters-Baker says tipsters will be protected.

There is a $25,000 reward being offered by the TIPS Hotline.

KC Mayor Quinton Lucas told KMBZ he is heartbroken, and Brian's death underscores the issue of violent crime as one of his top three priorities.

"It does redouble my resolve to try to make sure that I'm addressing this issue long-term," Lucas said. "I'll be honest, I'm not going to give up on it. We're not going to stop talking about it. We're not going to stop being outraged, and this is just the latest, but I hope it's the last."

"Even the young people out in the street, hanging in the corners, gang-banging, they, themselves said (killing a little boy) is crossing the line," said Bishop Tony Caldwell of the Justice and Dignity Center, who helped organize the canvass. 

Kansas City police have not released information about a suspect. Detectives say someone knows or heard something, because about 30 bullets were fired at the house.

"You can fill every pothole in the world, you can have the best economic development, you can do a lot of stuff, but if people aren't safe, then people won't want to be in this community," Lucas said.

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