Police have identified Tyson L. Strong as the man killed in a double shooting last Wednesday outside a Jiffy Lube at East 31st and Gillham Plaza.
According to witness accounts, Strong and an unidentified man pulled into the Jiffy Lube lot with a friend and opened fire on a white car for reasons that have yet to be fully explained. The man, and intended target, in the white car fired back, and Strong was shot. Strong then ran across the street and collapsed and died at a convenience store. The man in the white car was hit in the leg and survived, and Strong's partner ran off.
Strong, 26, has the dubious distinction of being KCMO's final homicide
victim of 2010 and the 106th for the year. We finished 2009 with
110 dead bodies, which was at least a 13 percent drop from 2008. This last year was similar to 2008 and 2009 in that the victims were almost exclusively young, black men.
So, despite anti-violence programs such as Aim4Peace and
dozens of self-proclaimed neighborhood activists running around trying
to talk people out of killing one another, this city has made almost zero progress
in stemming the bloodshed over the last 12 months. Anyone have any new ideas for 2011?