Reward money available for information in the May 13 shooting death of Raytown jogger Harry Stone now has reached $2,000.
Family members announced the $500 increase on Wednesday while meeting with reporters in Independence.
“We really need the public’s help here,” said Randy Stone, Harry Stone’s younger brother.
“It’s not fair that Harry is gone and these killers are still on the street, with their guns.”
Stone, 60, was shot in an apparent random act of violence near 67th Street and Blue Ridge Boulevard, not far from his Raytown home. He died later at a hospital.
Police announced they were looking for a dark-colored, four-door car with at least two occupants that fled the scene. But the Metro Squad disbanded after several days, and no arrests have been made in the case.
Harry Stone’s widow, Bobbie Stone, and Randy Stone encouraged visits to the web site, www.helpharrystone.com, established last week, to learn how to donate to the reward fund.
Wristbands, reading “Do The Right Thing: Justice for Harry,” are expected to be available this week.
“ ‘Do the right thing’ — it’s what Harry always said,” his younger brother said.
The web site will include information on the wristbands and reward fund events, such as a benefit concert scheduled for later this year in Kansas City’s Westport district.
Wednesday was Bobbie Stone’s first day back in the Kansas City area after a two-week trip to visit her two grown children in Virginia and Washington, D.C. On Wednesday, she wore her late husband’s wedding band on a thin chain around her neck.
“He didn’t wear it when he ran,” she said. “When I got home from the hospital, I put it on.
“I’ve worn it ever since.”
Representatives of the Raytown police, Stone added, have been helpful and solicitous, often calling with updates on their investigation.
“And they patrol my street several times a day,” she said.
She and Harry Stone met in the mid-1970s as students at what was then Central Missouri State University, in Warrensburg, she said. Her husband supported her choice to become a preacher and chaplain following a career in social work. They would have celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary this October.
“I have spent my whole life knowing Jesus Christ and I feel peace about where Harry is,” she said.
“He has a new body, he has no pain. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t go to the closet and fill my hands with his clothes, or call his telephone to hear his voice.”
Both Bobbie and Randy Stone emphasized that anyone with information is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816 474-TIPS (474-8477).