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Mothers Reveal The Real Cost Of Kansas City's Violence

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Noah Taborda
KCUR 89.3
A vigil for 4-year old LeGend Taliferro who died from gunfire as he slept on June 29, 2020. Kansas City, Missouri has since broken its one-year record for number of homicides.

Bonita Jones says of losing her son Barron Shelton, "It's like a part of your heart that's missing."

The number 170 represents more than the record-breaking number of homicides that have occurred in Kansas City, Missouri in 2020. Two mothers share memories of their sons and the pain of losing them. Making it worse, neither crime has been solved which both say would bring a degree of closure.

  • Denine McCord lost her son Brandon Grimes-McCord in 2019
  • Bonita Jones lost her son Barron Shelton in 2020
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