2008-Family Calls For Justice On Anniversary Of Westport Murder

Friends remember Chris Bartholomew as a hero

Sunday, 18 May 2008,

Chris Bartholomew was murdered in May 2007 at 39th and Broadway.
Kansas City News

KANSAS CITY, Mo.  –  One year ago, Chris Bartholomew went to Westport to meet his best friend Andrew Porter. As they were walking near 39th and Broadway, someone fired at least a dozen gunshots into the crowded streets.

Bartholomew was shot and killed while trying to take cover. His murder remains unsolved.

On Sunday, the 21-year-old’s friends and family gathered at the intersection where he died to remember him, and make a desperate plea for help in finding his killer.
“It’s really frustrating. He’s like my little brother. The best friend I ever had, and now he’s gone and we still have no justice,” Porter said.

Bartholomew’s mother said her son – a student with hopes of becoming a police officer – didn’t deserve to die. The pain of his death is everlasting.

“Every day is as hard as the first day,” Misty Kirwan, Bartholomew’s mother, said. “To me it happened yesterday. It happened today.”

If you have any information on Bartholomew’s murder, call the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS.

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