The new year got off to a bad start in the Kansas City area with the shooting death of 7-month-old JaQuail Mansaw in Northeast Kansas City, Kan.
The infant and his mother were wounded by in the drive-by shooting when gunfire tore through their home about 10:30 p.m. Sunday in the 2700 block of North Early Street near Parkwood Park. The mother suffered minor injuries; JaQuail died early Monday at a hospital.
Kansas City, Kan., police are investigating the slaying. The shooting death adds to the drive-by killing of 6-year-old Angel Hooper, who was leaving a 7-Eleven store on Oct. 17 in south Kansas City. Two persons have been charged in that homicide.
The metro area was then shocked on Oct. 26 with the drive-by shooting death of 10-year-old Machole Stewart. Someone fired multiple shots into her family's home in the 1400 block of New Jersey Avenue in Kansas City, Kan. That case remains unsolved.
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More than prayer vigils have to follow to put an end to such senseless violence. Outrage from the community over the death of one more child should be a call for action to end the senseless violence.
Anyone with information in either Kansas City, Kan., case should call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).