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. Locknloadur9

    Here's a clue for you Einstein, its called a hate crime. Black thugs have declared war on middle class whites. Its ironic because we pay all of there bills. Carry a 9mm and take out as many as you can.

    May 20, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kim Baliey

      Don't forget Armed Patrols.

      May 20, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. hansdick

    LOL. yup u do exist. How is it possible? What a sad commentary on your immediated environment. phew. i am guessing you don't smell very good either. would never want to get a whiiff of you. pew.

    May 20, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Curmudgeon10

    I find this "bafflement" by the cops a little strange. Until they have a suspect, and can interrogate him, they won't know any motive.

    It sounds like hate was the motive to me, or a bet, or whatever. But quit pretending there was no motive.

    May 20, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ohmycali

    so true

    May 20, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Knightflyer

    Hmmmm? Interesting. As is usually the case,the poo-lice have their hoodies pulled over there eye's.It does not take a rocket scientist to understand what is going down.The only question I have for whites is when are we going to start shooting back.How many more beatings and shootings are we to asorb?Remember please that there is a heck of alot more of us than them.Once you realize that this is fact and you take a few of those thugs out,than you will understand your power.I blame obongo and the MSM for this innocent mans death.

    May 20, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Treasure

    What a hateful little thing you are, Kim Bailey. Bet you sit in church every Sunday and cakl yourself a good Christian, too. Yeah. A good Christian bish.

    May 20, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Knightflyer

      Hateful because she tells the truth? Your ignorant for not believing it.

      May 20, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mike

    The only possible motive is race hatred and the desire to kill for the sake of killing. It's not without historical precedent. Hitler did it to the Jews. The Turks did it to the Armenians. Now Black people are doing the same thing to Whites. Why? Because they can.

    May 20, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Tony in STL

    Maybe he owed someone money for something, ...who knows. I don't put anything past anyone these days. Hope his killer is brought to justice.

    May 20, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Samdog

    Really? The Cops there are bagffeled? Here's a clue you idiots, Harry Stone was WHITE and the perps were BLACK! Pull your heads out of the sand and do your job, of course after you union guaranteed 2 hr donut break.

    May 20, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. fillcore

    How long much longer for AA's to pull their heads out of their collective behind?. They've been coddled too long. Time to drop the axe on their skulls.

    May 20, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jeff

    Let me guess, another innocent American killed by gunshot? Oh that's right, there's no problem here with guns. Silly me...

    May 20, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ineeda

    the cops can't figure out what type of car it is?? um, i hit the pause button and can clearly see it is a 2011 or 2012 chevy impala.

    May 20, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Tom

    Uhh...he was white. That's easy to figure out why he was shot. Now lets get out the FBI and go after the African American boy who did this!

    May 20, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • slickteigkcmo

      drugs waste any race of a person, you assume too much, many evil drug users are white, I've met them, the parents of children who came to the psych hospital I worked at and for their children, many meth users are white. Evil knows no race really, it enters the hearts of all societies and races, everywhere on earth.

      May 20, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. slickteigkcmo

    The mind of a crack, meth, pcp affected person has no sanity or reason. My best friends brother gave his wallet to the men who robbed him at 5 am on Mothers day, 12 yrs ago, and he was still shot and now is paralyzed...... drugs kill,maim, etc. These kind of drugs and people who use them are total evil, my only theory on this, the demented mind of drug user or absolutely insane person , both? So sad for my KC area and all the violence going on, God help us all, we must pray hard to rid this evil.

    May 20, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Amemor

    Oh please....and what do you call the whites during salvery? (By the way, I'm white.)

    May 20, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
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