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. Tom

    This all started when attorney general Eric Holder said he would not prosecute blacks for hate crimes. He allowed the Black Panthers to intimidate voters at a polling place without prosecution. He refused to enforce, tho it is his job, the defense of marriage act. This is an administration that picks and chooses the laws it wishes to obey. In this atmosphere, is it any wonder blacks are encouraged to take it out on thier supposed tormentors. No consequences!

    May 20, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. wardawg

    WOW, its amazing how people from all across the country are able to determine the motive behind this crime while living in another state! You guys are incredible detectives. Why don't criminal agencies utilize your incredible abilities to solve numerous unresolved murders and crimes?

    May 20, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. boohoo

    WHO sold the slaves to us? The blacks. Sold their own people.
    ps my Dad always called black-white mixed babies "purple babies". We laughed our white azzes off. Zat u 'twisty purple'?

    May 20, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. caesarbc

    Al Queda.

    May 20, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. KillPoachers

    i look in the eyes of harry stone and i see a bigoted racist. how do i know? I just know.

    May 20, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Natalie Neilsen

    If you had even comprehended a small part of the article, you would know this guy was still very active in his community, and hardly useless..Now go back to your job, flipping burgers....

    May 20, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. derwins

    Whats up with the black comments? No one has a clue who shot this guy, could have been someone he pizzed off at the grocery store, had a run in with some loser with a gun, who knows. Lets stick to the story and keep the Klan comments on your white supremacist site or how about to your racist self. Perhaps condolences to his family would be good and skip the who's a bigger moron contest..

    May 20, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Robert Fulton

    Isn't multiculturalism wonderful?

    May 20, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. MotoJB

    Sickening...

    May 20, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jim

    It was either George Zimmerman on neighborhood watch or Dick Cheney on an early morning hunting expedition

    May 20, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. roger

    Another shout out for Trayvon...

    May 20, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. MARK

    I can say with certainty 500000 white people were NOT murdered by black people. But I do find it a complete joke that so many people of color behave in a such a racist and bigoted manner without concious. They sure know when they are being mis-treated but it never registers when they repeat the same exact racist and bigoted behavior. The majority are not the only bigots and racists people.

    May 20, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nazi Pelosi

      Read about another liberal media coverup in 1973-74 called the Zebra Killings where Nation of Islam blacks targeted and murdered an estimated 200+ plus white people in California only 4 were convicted. The M.O. was the same randomly select and execute inncent white people . You will here all day long in the liberal media press about a few incidents about white on black crimes but never the Black on white murder spree going on since the sixties.

      May 20, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Christina

    Some HOAs are pretty strict. Maybe he fined somebody in the community, and they retaliated.

    May 20, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Nazi Pelosi

    Read about another liberal media coverup in 1973-74 called the Zebra Killings where Nation of Islam blacks targeted and murdered an estimated 200+ plus white people in California only 4 were convicted. The M.O. was the same randomly select and execute inncent white people . You will here all day long in the liberal media press about a few incidents about white on black crimes but never the Black on white murder spree going on since the sixties.

    May 20, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jslab129

    He was white and he was a Christian. Two strikes against him.

    May 20, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Miami11111

      2 strikes against him? The majority of this country is white & Christian... sheesh...

      May 20, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
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