Wednesday, February 23, 2011

City records 8th and 9th homicides

Detectives are investigating two recent homicides, one of which has a suspect in custody.

The first occurred at about 5:52 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, in the 2500 block of Poplar. Officers found 46-year-old Eric F. Jones dead from an apparent gunshot wound next to a house. We still need leads in this case, so call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS if you have any information.

The next happened at about 5:28 a.m. yesterday, Feb. 22, when police were called to the 4400 block of NE 46th Terrace about a disturbance. They found 19-year-old Brent D. Humphreys dead of apparent stab wounds. A 32-year-old male suspect was taken into custody in that case in Kirksville, Mo., yesterday afternoon.

These are the eighth and ninth homicides in Kansas City in 2011, compared to 13 at this time last year and 16 at this time in 2009.