Softball tourney honors man killed in 2007 drive-by shooting

Chris Bartholomew innocent bystander

Published  5:34 PM CDT Sep 21, 2013
LIBERTY, Mo. —Friends and family held a memorial scholarship softball tournament to honor a man killed in a 2007 drive-by shooting.

Chris Bartholomew was an innocent bystander. He was at the corner of 39th and Broadway streets when someone opened fire.There have been few leads in the case in the last six years.Bartholomew’s mother, Misty Kirwan, said that instead of focusing energy on the fact that this is an unsolved murder, the family wanted to do something positive in his name.

The scholarship softball tournament will help high school students fulfill their dreams of going to college and going into the criminal justice field.

“It still hurts. He should be the one participating in this tournament. But, in memory of him. He’s looking down. We had our good luck sign last night. Lady bugs are lucky and Chris’ favorite color was green and we had a green lady bug,” Kirwan said.

green lady bug

Bartholomew wanted to be a police office and was enrolled in school when he was killed.


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