Former Kansas City woman still haunted by brother's 1970 murder

Bill Grady
June 28, 2019 - 8:07 am
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Kansas City, MO - A decades-old homicide remains painful for the victim’s family.

"It would be wonderful if somebody remembered something or was holding onto a secret," said Nancy Lebrecht, a former Midtown resident, from her current home in Florida.

Lebrecht was 20 when her 16-year-old brother, Allen Ray Thompson, was gunned down in the driveway of his home at 37th and Forest. The murder happened January 2, 1970.

Two people were trying to steal his mother’s purse. There was a struggle and Allen was shot. 

"A month or so ago the family reached out, saying they were approaching the anniversary of this thing, and they wanted to try to see if they can't get some additional publicity on it," Kevin Boehm, a KCPD detective and coordinator of Kansas City Crime Stoppers.

If the killers are ever brought to justice, it won't be through DNA testing, Boehm said.

"The recovery procedures and things 50 years ago were quite different from what we have today," Boehm said. "Really what we're looking for is somebody with information or knowledge that might still be in the Kansas City area. That might be the only chance of getting this solved."

The family of Allen Ray Thompson hopes the recent Crime Stoppers reward increase to $25,000 will spur someone to step forward.

Allen was was a good kid, a popular student and ROTC cadet at Westport High School. He wanted to go to college and become an engineer. 

His death is still painful to his sister, almost 50 years on. She has no plans to stop seeking justice.

"I really feel I owe it to my brother's memory to at least continue to try," Lebrecht said.

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