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. midnitejax

    I meant suburban in my previous post...sorry

    May 20, 2012 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  2. Let your conscience be your guide

    America has done more killing than all groups in history folks.
    Selling arms, Invasions/Occupying, killing off World leaders when they refuse to take the *brides* in kind for their resources...ect. The list goes on.

    May 20, 2012 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Jonathan

      It is obvious that you did no research before you posted your stupid comment. The Catholic Church has killed more than any other group in history. Ever heard of a little thing called the Crusades? Do some research before you post a stupid comment thinking that you know it all.

      May 20, 2012 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Let your conscience be your guide

      Then would America be second in line ? And my intentions are not what you think or say.

      May 20, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Jonathan

      Now you are forgetting the Nazi's and the Khmer Rogue. You are also forgetting Rwanda, Bosnia, and Somalia who have all commited genocide against their own people. Every comment you post shows that you dont know what you are talking about. If I were you, I would shut up while I'm ahead and stop making myself look stupid.

      May 20, 2012 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
    • cactus02

      Governments have killed there own people to the tune of about 100 million since 1890. Germany about 12 million in 1933 to 1935 ,Soviet russia about 25 million before ww2 and another 10 to 15 during the war. After ww2 more millions shipped to Siberia to die,Turkey killed the Arminians shortly after the turn of the century, Cambodia killed thirty to forty percent of there population under Pol Pot. Tribes in Africa do this on a regular basis. While the United States may not be angles we cannot be reasonably compared to the others above as an organised killer of our own citizens. By the way the one thing in common was the civilians were all disarmed by the governments.

      May 21, 2012 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  3. Vumba4

    interesting

    May 20, 2012 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jesus Christ Son of God Son of Mary Brother of the Holy Ghost

    Why would my dad let this happen? Because I have no dad, there is no god and there is no jesus.

    May 20, 2012 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Ralph Lepore

      Praise the Lord my son, I'm glad you found God your saviour. You do know God made you don't you. So
      be thankful as I can see you are a true Christian, you love God we all know you do so don't be a hater
      when you know God loves you, PRAISE THE LORD

      May 20, 2012 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Charlie Brown

      I pray that the good Lord will have mercy on your soul.

      May 20, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ecotrend

    None of the tragedies that has happened so far be it crime tagged as white on white or black on black or other varying colour conflict could be justified. I come here just to read comments and my conclusion is the same each time. America is sick. I don't see a cure.

    May 20, 2012 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
    • midnitejax

      You don't come to the forums to read the blogs......You logged in like everyone else so you could post your ridiculous comment. The US has it's problems just like any other country in the world. There are good and bad people from all walks of life who's actions may be spotlighted, resulting in people like yourself to base your assumptions on that all people of race, creed or color or nationality are like that.

      May 20, 2012 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Reality Check

      I agree with you 100%. America is sick and there won't be a cure, because people want to be ill.
      Now, what of he was targeted just to be targeted? What if it has NOTHING to do with race? We will never know until the offenders are caught and questioned. @ MuyGuapo and others: As for the white v black crap, the media covers all violence, it doesn't matter the race. You people act like every black person is against white people. Let me ask you a question: DO you know EVERY black person in America?

      May 20, 2012 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  6. Engineer in Raleigh

    Luckily for the perp, this was black on white, so there won't be a hate crimes charge.

    May 20, 2012 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
    • MuyGuapo

      How true it is! Apparently black people can't be racist themselves. They are only victims.

      May 20, 2012 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Reality Check

      If caught and it proven it was a hate crime, chances are those types of charges will be filed. Stop trying to cause racial drama. Get over it.

      May 20, 2012 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  7. Sage

    I'm not sure why the perps would really be all that worried ; A white man was murdered and the perp is black.This means no hate crime charges and I'm sure the judge will view the perp as a poor little victim who was just a product of his environment.He'll get 20 years and make parole in 6.

    May 20, 2012 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
    • midnitejax

      That is plainly a racist rant you posted.

      May 20, 2012 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  8. MuyGuapo

    What do you mean you can't find a possible motive for the killing??? If it were a white person in a car shooting a black person, we all know what the media and what the African American community would be saying regarding a motive for the shooting!

    May 20, 2012 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Reality Check

      I don't know what they would be saying. Please, education me.....

      May 20, 2012 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  9. Let your conscience be your guide

    true dat @ MuyGuapo

    May 20, 2012 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  10. ya no

    Reality: It's easy if you have zero critical thinking skills and a $4 crystal ball.

    May 20, 2012 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  11. ya no

    News and blogs over the past several months have convince me – a difficult task – that idiots come in every color and faith.

    May 20, 2012 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  12. mogu4

    An unarmed white man gunned down by a black thug. Travon in reverse. Where is the outspoken black community? Jesse? Al? Black people are so narcissistic they refuse to acknowledge – even capitalize on – injustice.

    May 20, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  13. snappercat

    If the guy in the car were white and the victim black, the cops would have no trouble with motive; it would be labeled a hate crime.

    May 20, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  14. robert

    Where do I call the Police Hotline with a tip to solve the motive of this case. How much is the reward? To the PC police who can not solve this, it's called Black Racism.

    May 20, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Pat Magroin

      Exactly! Ain't diversity grand?

      May 20, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Agnim

      "black racism", robert?
      And the evidence is?
      The afro WIG? lol

      Do you know that whites have committed crimes while donning Black appearances?

      That is because fools like robert has been a victim of much propaganda, and therefore has a knee-jerk response to crime in crime-ridden America.

      The biggest criminals in America ARE (AND ALWAYS HAVE BEEN) WHITE PEOPLE!
      Try to know a bit of your history.

      May 20, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • brassia

      That was to be expected with the first african (sorry Kenyan) elected to office....
      If history is ay proof- remember what David Dinkins did to NY city while he was a a first black mayor...Now it is happening all over USA!!! It was planned and now executed by Obama and Eric Holder! Both should be encarcerated for what they did to our country.

      May 20, 2012 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  15. roy

    If this shooting was white on black it would be racist.

    May 20, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
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