Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Victims of weekend homicides identified

As the weather warmed this past weekend, police were faced with investigating multiple homicides. Investigators are still trying to determine whether a dead body found in the 4000 block of Benton on Sunday morning is the result of foul play. We ask the community to work with us to help solve these and, more importantly, prevent more from happening.

* 4 p.m. Friday, March 18: Officers were called to the area of 5400 Swope on a report of a dead body. They found the body of 21-year-old Gary L. Waloke of Kansas City, Mo., in a trash pile behind some houses. Waloke's family reported him missing March 7.

* Just before 3 a.m. Sunday, March 20: Officers were called to the 2600 block of Lawn on a reported shooting. When they arrived, they discovered three people had been shot. One was dead, one was taken to the hospital in critical condition and one had non-life-threatening injuries. The deceased has been identified as 15-year-old Jason Rodriquez.

* Just after 3 a.m. Sunday, March 20: Officers were notified a shooting victim had been taken to a hospital. They determined a car was traveling on 8th Street near Charlotte when another car shot into theirs. One person died, and another was in critical condition. The deceased has been identified as 19-year-old Steven Lee Anthony Jackson.

Kansas City has had 17 homicides in 2011, compared to 19 at this time last year and 23 at this time in 2009. If you have information about any of these cases, please call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.