Thursday, January 13, 2011

2010 Homicides: September

September homicides started with a bang and the more normal pace. As the number of people murdered began to approach 100 for the year, a few voices began to be heard speaking out on the number of murders in Kansas City.

Thomas Simmons, 27--Frederick C Jones, 21--Darrel E Wright Jr, 29--Andrew Suttington, 23--Montra Johnson, 36--Keith D Williams, 34--Marquis D Hughes, 23

It was just a few, community leaders, the father of a young 2009 victim, bloggers and commenters on blogs. The political leaders seemed strangely silent at this point. Many of us wondered about that.

In my posts, I have named 66 names. I believe I have missed some along the way. That is still many too many for a city our size.


Bob G. said...


I firmly believe that our lack of civility (that Obama is running with these days, but I have said for a LOT longer and with the PROPER meaning) is to blame...the fact that people just do not communicate in ways we USED to...the social aspects have deteriorated, along with the traditional familiy and it's values...

It's actually a sociologist's dream study.

But it is also very frightening to those of us that are exposed to such vicious behavior (on the part of a few).
When the city "bosses" become silent, that speaks VOLUMES to me, and it's becasue of TWO things:
1- They have NO IDEA how to handle it.
2- They are often PART of the problem.

AT least, that's what they seem to "tell" me by their INACTION.

Stay safe out there.

the observer said...

Bob G:
After the listing is over, some time will be taken to look at factors, ideas, possible solutions etc.

There probably will be no new ground turned, but I just can't see leaving it like this, without mulling over some ideas.

Thanks for commenting and stay warm out there! (Only 16 days left in January...)

The Observer

Ann T. said...

Dear The Observer,
When there are so many, it just seems like you can't help but look for a systemic solution. There are also individual responsibilities. I don't know how to decide where each of them fit, however. The problem is daunting.

My condolences to the friends and family of Thomas, Frederick, Darrel, Andrew, Montra, Keith, and Marquis.

Ann T. Hathaway

the observer said...

Ann T:

Yes, daunting. I like that word very much.

Social, community and individual. Causes and solutions both.

Very complex.

The Observer