Metro mom still waiting for answers 11 years later: Who killed her son?

Chris Bartholomew

Posted 10:22 pm, April 10, 2018, by Megan Dillard, Updated at 10:23PM, April 10, 2018

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The sun continues to come up and go down, thousands of times now, since Misty Kirwan’s son was shot and killed.

In the 11 years since his murder, Chris Bartholomew’s mom hasn’t forgotten how raw and real the pain is.

“You know, it’s your baby,” Misty Kirwan said. “You worry, ‘Was he scared? Did he really know what was going on?’ You have that fear because that’s your baby.”

Kirwan said it’s about justice for her son, but it’s specifically about the person with the right information calling police.

“There is nothing that compares to your only child being gone,” Kirwan said.

Misty Kirwan and her son Chris Bartholomew

She said most of her son’s 21 years were just the two of them.

“That bond is there. It’s there normally, but when it’s just the two of you, it’s even stronger,” she said.

The metro mother said he was a college student working toward a career as a police officer. It’s part of why he was the one his friends called when they needed a ride one May night, 11 years ago.

“His friends had gone down to Westport, had too much to drink, called him and he went down to pick them up,” she said.

Police have told Kirwan that gang members were driving and trading bullets near 39th and Broadway and that her son was shot while walking on the sidewalk outside Walgreen’s.

“Several of [the drivers] went through the parking lot and several other went up onto Broadway heading north shooting at each other the whole time, and Chris was on the sidewalk in between the shooting,” she said police told her.

He died the next day at a hospital.

More than a decade later, there is no one behind bars for his death. Police have identified a blue 2003 Isuzu Rodeo, a gray 2007 Pontiac G6, and a brown vehicle with suspected involvement.

Suspect vehicles in Chris Bartholomew’s death

Kirwan said with that many people there, she knows someone has the answers she needs both for her son and possible someone else’s.

“The sad thing is because people won’t talk, and they won’t come forward, there could already be someone else that has been murdered by this person,” Kirwan said. “Not a day goes by that I don’t think about him, and I don’t wonder what he would be today. He had a lot of potential. He had a lot of life in him and he would do good things.”

She’s not planning to give up in her quest for justice.

“I’m still his mom. I still take care of him. I’m still trying to find justice for him,” she said.

She’s asking any of the people leaving the bars that night, also walking along, or who know details about the shooting, to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477 or submit a tip online here.

The reward in this case is now $30,000 for a simple anonymous call with information on the case. Call-takers do not record whether the tipster is a male or female, do not take down any contact information, and if a reward is due, he or she can also collect it anonymously.


Families of murder victims find comfort in National Day of Remembrance

September 25, 2013, by Eric Burke
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Today is a summer day for thousands of people across the metro. It was also a National Day of Remembrance for murder victims. But many families will also tell you it’s a special day — one to honor those that lost.

Six and a half years ago Chris Bartholomew was shot and killed near the intersection of 39th and Broadway. He had come to pick up friends from Westport. His death devastated his mother, but she’s been able to get through the past few years because of other families who have experienced a similar loss.

“My life stopped that day,” Misty Kirwan, mother, said. “Life as I knew it stopped that day. The National Day of Remembrance helps other people realize we’re still here.”

Kirwan tries to stay strong, but nearly seven years after her son was killed she still has bad days.

“There are some days when I don’t want to get out of bed, and I can call one of my friends that have been through this,” she said. “I just talk or cry and they really understand.”

One of the people she calls is Maria Martinez. Her brother Sam Mandacina was shot and killed in 2011. Sam managed a Northland convenience store. He offered to work a Sunday night shift for one of his employees. About 7 o’clock that night a 16-year-old walked in and shot Sam several times killing him and changing his family’s life forever.

“You instantly become so close to them because this tragic incident builds a special bond, and without them I don’t know where I’d be,” Martinez said.

Both women and their families are surviving one day at a time thanks to each other. Both think about their loved ones daily especially on this National Day of Remembrance for murder victims.

DAVID R. NINEMIRE -Unsolved Homicide




Johnson County Sheriff’s Office: Can you help us spread the word on one of our cold cases? Please share this if you can.

We are again increasing efforts to find the person behind the murder of David “Ray” Ninemire. Teams of our detectives are pouring over new and old leads and talking with everyone who may have some information that would assist them in finding the person who murdered Ray.

August 15 marks the 10 year anniversary of his murder. He was shot and killed during a robbery inside the Westwood Apple Market by an unknown suspect August 15, 2003 at about 6 a.m. The description of the suspect provided to investigators at the time was a person wearing a disguise.

There is a $30,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for Ray’s murder. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the TIPS Hotline 816-474-TIPS or the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office at 913-715-5560.

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Nathan Buie & DeMarco Harvey

DeMarco Harvey

DeMarco Harvey

Nathan Buie Jr

On July 23rd, 2006, just after 1:00 in the morning, Kansas City, Missouri police officers were investigating a traffic accident at 82nd Terrace and Wornall as a party was breaking up at a nearby fraternal lodge meeting hall.  As the crowd came out to the parking lot a fight erupted between two groups affiliated with Ruskin and Hickman Mills High Schools.  It apparently involved an ongoing dispute.

Suddenly several shots were fired from within the crowd.  As police rushed toward the scene, the crowd scattered, running for safety.  Police found Nathan Buie and DeMarco Harvey, both 20 years old, on the ground, suffering from mortal gunshot wounds.  From all accounts neither man was involved in the fight and were college students and innocent victims.  Several other people received non-life threatening wounds.

Police found several empty shell casings of various calibers and two guns at the scene.  It was obvious that several people in the crowd had fired guns.  As is often the case in these situations, however, police found it difficult to get witnesses to cooperate and the case remains unsolved.

A cash reward is awaiting the caller whose information leads to an arrest in this double murder case.

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Tammy K. Cochran

Tammy K. Cochran homicide

Tammy Kay Cochran-Hopper

On March 5th, 2008 at approximately 10:30 a.m., the body of Tammy K. Cochran (Hopper), WF, was discovered near the Cedar Creek boat ramp located at 8255 S. Gardner Road.  The victim’s body had been burned.  The victim has been reported to be in multiple cities throughout the Kansas City Metropolitan area.

The victim was last seen wearing a light green shirt, black shoes, blue jeans with some type of design on the back pockets and a dark blue or black jacket with a fuzzy collar.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).  A reward of up to $18,000 is available for information leading to an arrest.

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Jeff Rogers

Jeff Rogers-Homicide

Kansas City, MO — The family of Kansas City, Kansas murder victim Jeff Rogers have added $3,000 to the reward for information leading to an arrest in his killing making a total possible reward of $4,000.

Just after midnight on April 9, 2008 Jeff Rogers, 25, called 9-1-1 from his home in the 8400 block of Tauromee in Kansas City, Kansas to report he had been shot and stabbed.  When officers arrived they found him suffering from several gunshot and knife wounds.  He was able to tell police that four or five white males had broken into his home then beat, shot and stabbed him.  He died a short time later at a hospital.

Anyone with information on this murder is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 816-474-TIPS.  All calls are handled anonymously and the reward will be paid in cash to any tip leading to an arrest.

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Wes Binder-Unsolved Homicide

Wes Binder

12/7/2009 – Case Type: Homicide

On December 7, 2009 Wesley B. Binder was found near his home at 60th Terrace and Hunter in Raytown, Missouri.  Family and friends have contributed an additional $3,500.00 to the reward fund bringing the total possible reward up to $4,500.00 for information leading to an arrest in the case.

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Family holds fundraiser to increase tips hotline reward fund in the murder of Wes Binder

Posted: 07/03/2010

KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Walking around a crowded room at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Pat Binder thanked people for coming to Saturday’s breakfast fundraiser.

The event was held to raise money for her murdered son Wes Binder.

“I don’t think I’m ever going to have any peace for the rest of my life. I want who did this to my son in jail, but I don’t their mother to go through what I’m going through” Binder said as her eyes filled with tears.

Wes Binder was murdered in Raytown in December of 2009.

His case remains unsolved.

While Pat said she’s grateful so many people showed up to the breakfast fundraiser, the day was more difficult than what she expected.

Pat broke down in tears as she made her way around the room.

“No one could ever understand unless they’ve been through it. You think you could understand but until you’ve been there, you can’t understand. We belong to a special group that nobody wants to be part of” said Misty Kirwan who attended the event.

Kirwan knows, her son Chris Bartholomew was murdered in 2007.

His case also remains unsolved.

“This is a time when you’re doing everything you can to make sure people don’t forget your child,” said Kirwan.

The money raised from the community breakfast will increase the tips hotline reward fund.

If you have any information call (816) 474-TIPS