Mayor James urges systemic change in the wake of tragic shooting of six-year-old Angel Hooper

October 18, 2014 - KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI


“The senseless drive-by shooting last night that led to the death of a six-year-old girl is another reason why we must get serious about gun violence.  Criminals are no longer just killing each other – they are killing our children.  This nonsense must end.  I have full confidence in the professionals at KCPD, and in the individuals of our community, to find the perpetrator and bring him or her to justice.  In the meantime, my thoughts are with the family of precious Angel, who lost her life entirely too soon. She and Damiah White,a three-year-old killed by gun violence in August of 2012, are deserving of a legacy that leads to systemic change in our neighborhoods. If this latest death of one of Kansas City’s children doesn’t make us think seriously about changing our gun culture then I’m not sure what will.”


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