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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Funkhouser, Corwin to address rising number of homicides

From a press release sent out Friday afternoon by police: Tomorrow, Saturday, August 30, Chief of Police Jim Corwin and Mayor Mark Funkhouser will hold a joint press conference at 11 a.m. to address the record breaking number of homicides in recent months.

The press conference will be held at 403 Myrtle Avenue-the site of the unsolved homicide of Michelle Haley who was gunned down the night of March 3rd. This homicide, like many, remains unsolved. Kansas City has recorded 81 homicides this year and 19 in the month of August. This is the highest number of homicides in a single month in more than two decades. Tomorrow morning Chief Corwin will announce his strategy for addressing the unsolved murders of 2007 and 2008.

“Addressing the problem of violent crime in the community requires a holistic approach,” said Chief Corwin. “and that is why we are all here.”

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