Friends, Family Keep Looking For Killer

Mourners Gather To Remember Innocent Victim In Westport Shooting

May 18, 2009
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Two years have passed, but the grief is still painfully obvious for the family and friends of Chris Bartholomew, a 21-year old man who was gunned down in a parking lot at 39th and Broadway.A group of friends and family gathered on Sunday at the Children’s Fountain in North Kansas City to remember him and make a plea for someone to come forward with information that can help police catch the killer.”It’s been a long and frustrating two years when you know that there are people out there that know what happened to my son,” Misty Kirwan, the victim’s mother said.Police report rival gangs were shooting at each other that night and one of the bullets hit Bartholomew in the back. Kirwan said her son died a hero. He had gone to Westport to pick up a friend and when the shots rang out, he pulled his friends out of the line of fire.

“It sucks having what happened to him,” Mark Starks, a friend of the victim said. “But he did save a guy’s life for it and we still thank him today and know he’s looking down on us and keeping an eye out for us.”At the tribute, those who had gathered wrote messages on balloons releasing them skyward in hopes their thoughts would reach their departed friend. Friends and family are offering a $30,000 reward for information on the crime.

If you can help — call the Crime Stoppers TIPS Hot Line at 816-474-TIPS (8477), text TIP452 plus a message to CRIMES (274637) or submit a tip online at

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