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. Fritz Hohenheim

    Maybe a hate crime? Oh wait they only happen the other way around.

    May 19, 2012 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
  2. Willard Milsap

    Damn, why are blacks so cowardly ? They attack in packs like rabid dogs, shoot elderly unarmed joggers, and need flash mobs of one hundred to jump innocent people and loot stores.How about that video of them attacking the drunk guy in Baltimore a few weeks ago.The guy was out of his mind drunk, and had no clue what was even going on.They beat him up and cheered as if they accomplished something.I don't know how they get this phony rep of being tough.They're little women who strike only when they know it's safe.No wonder the majority of us can't stand them.Look at how they live.Rodents have higher morals.

    May 19, 2012 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      Don't know anything about this case. Do know you are a racist and it wasn't to long ago that whites roved the country side and they were called Lynch mobs! So blacks got no monopoly on doin' bad stuff.

      May 19, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • tk007e

      The same way those white rabid cowardly thugs gunned down ususpecting women in tulsa

      May 20, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Harper

      How true, lol. They will cheer for themselves at the slightest hint of achievement.

      May 20, 2012 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. rtheystupid

    Is everyone really this stupid? Obviously this is a retaliatory hate crime for Trayvon and the recent Oklahoma City shootings where the two white men drove around shooting black men.

    May 19, 2012 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Terri

      I live in Tulsa where the Indian and white man killed the 5 black men. THAT NEVER HAPPENS....IT'S ALWAYS THE OTHER WAY AROUND.

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

      Then that stupid, race-baiting Jesse Jackson comes to town to try and pretend we have racism here. The jerk would be here every week if he was concerned about the black on white, or black on black crime. Everyone on here should take the time to look up the murders that have happened in Tulsa just this year alone. It's outragious and the perps are mostly all black.

      May 20, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Buddha

      The shooter was an Indian whose father had been murdered by a black.

      May 20, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. steve

    looks like another chimp out!

    May 19, 2012 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
  5. Bribarian

    Undoubtedly some feral apes on the prowl, thanks again liberals.

    May 19, 2012 at 2:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris B

      Feral apes?
      That's how you refer to black people? Really?

      Naaw, there's no racism in this country.

      May 19, 2012 at 3:08 am | Report abuse |
    • RTB

      Feral apes huh? And what were those two whites who went around killing black pedestrians at random last month? White knights?

      May 20, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • allnigmustdie

      when is white & hispanic america going to wake up, THESE PEOPLE ARE ANIMAL ALWAYS HAVE BEEN & ALWAYS
      WILL BE.. All we have to do is arm ourselves, when these apes come at you just defend yourself. We need to cleanout
      this country of these animals.. Stop and think how much these animals cost our country, we had to lower the standerds
      of everything so they can feel like there equil even that does not work.. TIME TO DO WHAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE YEARS AGO.....DEFEND YOUR SELVES NOW!!!

      May 20, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jbkorn02

    This will be off of the news in a day while Trayvon will continue too have stories for years.

    May 19, 2012 at 2:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Stand Your Ground

      Like all black on white crime,the msm will sweep it under the rug.

      May 20, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  7. Kelcy

    Has anyone just considered it is another set of psychopaths that wanted to know what it is like to kill someone?

    May 19, 2012 at 2:17 am | Report abuse |
  8. jbkorn02

    You will not see Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson come to this mans defense or even mention him.

    May 19, 2012 at 2:17 am | Report abuse |
  9. jbkorn02

    You will not see Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson come to this mans defense or even mention his name even one time.

    May 19, 2012 at 2:18 am | Report abuse |
  10. Stimson

    "Stone was a homeowners’ association leader"

    The police should check this connection. Living in an association myself, I can tell you that many homeowners blame the board for things such as the amount of the assessments, liens being put on a their property for unpaid association dues, fines levied against a homeowner for breaking the rules they agreed to abide by when they bought the place, etc. Could be that this was someone who lived in this association who in someway violated the by-laws, declarations or rules & regs and is blaming the board or even this man in particular for enforcing those laws. It's a possibility anyways, particularly since they don't have any leads at this point.

    May 19, 2012 at 3:06 am | Report abuse |
  11. Perry Ellison

    The lack of respect for human life that is shown in previous posts astounds me! These people hold no regard for humans of ANY race in the same way this cowardly shooter thought nothing of the life he took, nor the lives he devastated by taking this father, community leader, and husband! When we post comments "speculating" on a motive, race issue, or denouncing an entire ethnicity for the acts of a few, we feed the "beast" of racism and ignorance. When we respond without the facts, without any evidence, or without direct knowledge, we show our own ignorance and skewed views of how we see life. This is without a doubt a senseless killing! This is without a doubt a cowardly act! Let's not disgrace it further by turning this into a race, stereotype, or "revenge" issue. Let's seek honest justice for a true injustice. Only when we as a community assist law enforcement will we know the FACTS behind this dreadful crime. Until we know the facts, please keep your comments to yourself if all you want to do is spread hate, ignorance, and try to show the world how truly racist, ignorant, or ugly your views may be.

    May 19, 2012 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Terri

      THERE'S NOT A FEW!!! Do you not pay attention to the actual stats of the enormity of black crime compared to ANY other race? They're only 13-14% od our population and commit about 65% of the murders. Do you understand what that means???? Good gosh, pull your head out and seek out the truth instead of being a drone who was educated (brainwashed) in the stupid, multicultural school systems and liberal media. Here's the thing...I was taught never to be considering anything but how a person acts to judge them. Well, now I tunderstand why so many people hate so many blacks...the creeps earned it.

      May 20, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kim Dye

      Very well stated. This is a violent, senseless act, and by people speculating the reason for this cruel act of feeds the attention that the individual who committed this most likely is trying to stir. People should stop playing one another against each other and remember that we are all supposed to be equals. This is a crime that should not have happened and whoever did it should be brought to justice.

      October 24, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ruffnutt ( kcmo resident )

    i live close to there , where this happen... if you search my past staement you will find i know the area very well...
    this happen right by where we jump our cars off of james.a.reed road..
    my friends house got home invaded and robbed at 67th and blueridge..
    all the businesses in the area are gone and closed...
    most the houses are drug houses in that area..
    my guess is that they will find the car in millwood apartment complex off of 87th and blueridge..
    people park stolen cars in the apartment complexes and they stay there for months , sometimes years...
    most likely this was just some teenagers out messing around and smoking weed and shot the guy for fun...

    May 19, 2012 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  13. ruffnutt ( kcmo resident )

    btw..there is now home owners association over in that area... they are all older houses...
    the have neigborr hood watches..but thTS ABOUT IT..
    i hated delivering pizzas in that area cause of all the robberies.. and poor tips..

    May 19, 2012 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  14. saywhat

    All you stunned folks.
    What makes you think that crime other than hate crime is a rarity in this country. We boast more violent crimes, psychopaths and sociopaths than most under developed countries of the world. Our serial killers alone are 'iconic'..
    We are on a slide down if you folks have not noticed as we stopped looking inwards for quite a while especially during the last decade of our infamy.

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

      Great point! 🙂 We *are* on a slide down! Being that, we're (USA) to busy invading/rayping/ and killing, those very countries which are being depleted of their very own natural resources.

      May 19, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Girl Hitler

    Probably a gang initiation. Here's the solution. Execute all gang members in jail for violent crimes. Release all non-violent drug offenders immediately. Use the savings to rehab ghettos and also wipe out/rehab gang members on the outside. No more gangs.

    May 19, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Girl Hitler

      Nah, I don't think I'll ne doing that anytime soon. Also, Coldplay sucks.

      May 19, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jance

      They have already established that it was NOT a gang initiation.

      May 19, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
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