3 Year Memorial- “Honoring Chris Bartholomew”

Vigil Held For Bystander Killed 3 Years Ago

May 16, 2010

NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo. – At 39th Street and Broadway Avenue is where someone shot and killed 21-year-old Chris Bartholomew three years ago, an innocent bystander in a drive-by shooting.

Family members said they aren’t giving up on finding answers on why Bartholomew was gunned down after going out for a drink and being caught in the middle of gunfire. On Sunday, his family and friends are really for support to crack the cold case.

Dozens of people gathered at the Children’s fountain in North Kansas City to remember Batholomew Sunday afternoon. They released balloons in his honor.

On May 20, 2007, police said they heard 12 to 13 gunshots in the area. A total of four men were shot, with everyone surviving but Bartholomew. Police said he was an innocent victim, but they have not made any arrests.

Bartholomew’s mother Misty Kirwan spends her days keeping her son’s name public, hoping new leads will surface.

“I know there are people out there that know, they have to,” she said. “There were hundreds of people on the street when he was killed. There were so many vehicles involved, how does someone not know what happened? They know.”

Police ask anyone with information in the case to call the TIPS hot line at 816-474-TIPS.