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Community Involvement Is Needed To Prevent More Kansas City Killings, County Prosecutor Says

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Police officer near police car at a crime scene.
Sam Zeff
There have been 66 homicides in Kansas City, Missouri, so far this year. Last year at this time there were 54.

Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker looked at past success in reducing gun violence in Kansas City, Missouri, and why genuine community collaboration is vital to reducing the homicide rate.

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Luke X. Martin is a reporter focusing on race, culture and ethnicity for KCUR 89.3. Contact him at or on Twitter, @lukexmartin.
Elizabeth Ruiz is a freelance producer for KCUR’s Up To Date. Contact her at or on Twitter at @er_bentley_ruiz