Jogger’s unexplained slaying stuns Missouri city
Harry Stone, 60, was fatally shot Sunday morning while jogging in Raytown, Missouri.
May 18th, 2012
07:39 PM ET

Jogger’s unexplained slaying stuns Missouri city

Harry Stone was on one of his usual jogs in a Kansas City suburb shortly before 7:30 a.m. Sunday when an approaching car slowed down and a passenger shot him.

The vehicle kept going without stopping, and Stone, 60, later died at a hospital.

Nearly a week later, police in Raytown, Missouri, say they have no suspects, and no one has any idea why he was targeted.

He wasn’t robbed. He didn’t have any known enemies. And a gang-initiation hit appears implausible, Raytown police Capt. Ted Bowman said.

“Even grasping at straws and imagining motives, we have been able to find nothing in the man’s background or time or place or associations or his relationships or his history,” Bowman said Thursday.

“Literally, we can find no motive,” he said.

Stone was a homeowners’ association leader and the husband of a pastoral assistant – she was supposed to preach Sunday morning at Raytown’s St. Luke United Methodist Church, CNN affiliate WDAF reported.

He was shot near an intersection by a gas station. Surveillance video from the station shows the shooting, though police have released only footage of a few seconds before the shot, Bowman said.

The video shows a dark-color, four-door car. Police say they don’t know the model or the license plate number. Bowman said a witness was able to describe only the passenger, and the description was light on details: a young African American male with a short Afro-type hairstyle.

A Kansas City police spokesman, representing a multiagency detective squad that looked into the shooting, initially told local media that the killing could have been part of a gang initiation, as CNN affiliate KCTV reported.

But Bowman said Thursday that detectives have determined this probably wasn’t the case.

“We have not found any of the street gangs, that we’re aware of, to make that an open part of the initiation process,” he said.

People who knew Stone told KCTV that he enjoyed serving others, doing things such as helping to build a park next to his church. His daughter, Susan Li, told reporters Monday that he prided himself in keeping physically fit and hoped to get back into running marathons.

Li asked for people with information about the shooting to come forward.

“He was in constant service … to the community, and the community now has the opportunity to be in the service of justice,” she said.

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  1. Amemor

    So who was the witness? This has happened before, a hit is made by a family member and they blame it on some black thug, but the truth always comes out.

    May 20, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Melon13

    Anytime there is any story, positive or negative that in anyway involves a black person, the racist comments come out in force. To all the racist, whether black, white and everything in between, we're all stuck together and no one's going anywhere.....get over it!

    May 20, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Melon13

    Rimmy do you understand your comments say more about yourself than any black person? You come across as completely unbalanced. Do you really believe the nonsense you are spouting out? If so, you must be of low intelligence.

    May 20, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. My Fault

    Golly gee, I can't POSSIBLY guess why a man of this demographic might have been targeted during the age of Eric Holder, Attorney General and Fast and Furious director.

    May 20, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      What it God's ame are you talking about? Do you have ANY idea?

      May 20, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Chris

    It's a black on white hate crime, that's what it is like so many other murders and assaults.

    May 20, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Kirk

    The cops are certainly not puzzled...they just cannot say what they know....jog at your own risk....the cops cannot protect you.

    May 20, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Steve

    Would this man be dead today were it not for ABC's incredibly biased and unsupported story on Trayvon Martins death?

    May 20, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Chris

    CNN knows exactly what this murder and so many like it are, black on white hate crimes, yet this malicious propaganda network tries to play it off like it's some big mystery to cover for their black thug allies.

    May 20, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The police have made this man sound like his whole life has been perfect, therefore they determined his death wasn't gang related, how stupid. People have secret lives that can't be exposed not even to their spouse.

    May 20, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thata

      Claudia – please don't reproduce.

      May 20, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mulder Fox

    The cops are 'puzzled' in trying to find a motive?....BS! It was a Trayvon retaliation killing by a pair of black thugs. F'ng hate crime and everyone knows.

    May 20, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Steve

    I advise you to travel to the Ivory Coast and find out the truth behind the slavery trade, you're in for a very, very rude awakening if you do. You will find Africa was then just as it is now a very, very violent place. I sat through a lecture given by a man from the Ivory Coast with fellow army soldiers many of whom were black. What we learned there brought many of these men to tears, it doesn't excuse slavery in American or condone it, however to say white men went into Africa and enslaved a race is simply not accurate, these people were sold out by their own kind plain and simple.

    May 20, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mark Hillyard

    For those who are confused about what Jesus looked like: This is a response to RTB.
    Hi RTB, We all know that Jesus was the Son of David and following is a description of King David. It is also true that the Bible forbids miscegenation and we also know that Jesus obeyed all the laws. Therefore it follows that Jesus looked much like King David. He was indeed a white man and not a mixed breed with Idumians, Edomites or any other Tribe outside of Israel. The following is a description of King David.

    1 Sam 16:12 “And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And the LORD said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he.”
    red, ruddy, Or (fully) admowniy {ad-mo-nee'}; from 'adam; reddish (of the hair or the complexion) - red, ruddy.

    May 20, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Nazi Pelosi

    The race war has been ongoing and it is black against white but the liberal cowards are afraid to admit it or even comment on it. Blacks are generally much less intelligent and impulsive and are known for attacking in mobs against people who are much weaker than them typically against Asians and Whites. If you want to know abot the first liberal media cover up about Black on White murders and hate crimes read up about the Zebra Murders in California in 1973-74 where it is estimated that over 200 whites were murdeered by the Nation of Islam. But only four were convicted. They operated in the same way just picking out a white person and cowardly executing them. Type in Zebra killings and read. The more things change the more they remain the same.

    May 20, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Nazi Pelosi

    The race war has been ongoing and it is black against white but the liberal cowards are afraid to admit it or even comment on it. Blacks are generally much less intelligent and impulsive and are known for attacking in mobs against people who are much weaker than them typically against Asians and Whites. If you want to know abot the first liberal media cover up about Black on White murders and hate crimes read up about the Zebra Murders in California in 1973-74 where it is estimated that over 200 whites were murdeered by the Nation of Islam. But only four were convicted. They operated in the same way just picking out a white person and cowardly executing them. Type in Zebra killings and read. The more things change the more they remain the same.

    May 20, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  15. T-Bone

    Section 8 trash with guns.

    May 20, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
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