Trayvon Martin murder not the only outrage
The Kansas City Star
The outrage over the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida is warranted. He was a kid walking home from the store, shot by a neighborhood watch captain, and Florida’s gun laws may prevent charges from being filed.
But the murder of a black teenager by a white man should not distract from the continuing outrage that goes on in Kansas City and elsewhere. That is the wanton slaying of young black people, usually as a result of black-on-black homicide.
Jalisa Reed, a vibrant 16-year-old from Kansas City, Kan., was murdered this month while visiting an aunt in southeast Kansas City. Someone in a car fired shots toward a group of young people. No arrests have been made.
Rickey King, 17, a Boy Scout and ROTC cadet who wanted to join the Navy after his graduation from Southeast High School, was killed when someone opened fire with an assault rifle as they were riding in a car on Kansas City’s east side. His murder is unsolved.
Samir Clark, 19, a college student home on break, was murdered in his cousin’s apartment when somebody involved in an argument in the hallway outside shot through the door. A 29-year-old man, Marcus D. Smith, is charged in the death. Witnesses said he yelled that he was going to “shoot the place up.”
Nelson Hopkins Jr., 17, was murdered in December 2009 on Kansas City’s east side while walking home from a library. His killer remains at large.
This is just a partial list of good kids murdered in Kansas City for no reason than they were at the wrong place at the wrong time. Their deaths are an outrage, and so is the fact that we have become numb to it.