Kansas City Mothers in Charge and Rockhurst University students plan to mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day by standing for peace for homicide victims.
They will gather at 2:15 p.m. Monday at the Kansas City Police East Patrol station at 2640 Prospect Avenue. They plan to move to the parking lot for a rally that is scheduled to last until 4:15 p.m.
Kansas City recorded 150 homicides in 2017. That was the most since 1993 when 153 murders were recorded. The homicide rate has been rising in recent years from 82 in 2014, to 111 in 2015 and 131 in 2016.
Rosilyn Temple founded the Kansas City chapter of Mothers In Charge, Inc. in 2013. Her son, 26-year-old Antonio Thompson, was murdered Nov. 23, 2011.
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“Originally formed as a program of Ad Hoc Group Against Crime, in July 2014, the Kansas City chapter received generous funding from the Kansas City Missouri Police Department to move into its own office space and expand the scope of its programs and services,” according to the group’s website.