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. no nothing

    You do not have to read up too find where Blacks live in large concentrations., just look around.

    May 20, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  2. mm

    White on Black is automatically a hate crime. Black on White is an "unknown motive". Welcome to illogical world of political correctness.

    May 20, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  3. botflyguy

    The pot is boiling. It could well explode in November when obama gets rejected. If the city dwellers react like I expect they will, it will be open season. Come get some....

    May 20, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  4. hilroy

    Do not believe it was a black man. I have heard of many casesof people wearing dark skin mkeup to make them look black and committing crimes

    May 20, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike STL USA


      May 20, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • George Kingfish Stevens

      Cite FIVE of them, date, time and names, you imbecile. How's your "sister/wife"?

      May 20, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mi Poo

    HE was the leader of the HOA. Probably related to that.

    May 20, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  6. mike

    motive….jogging while white.

    May 20, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  7. RTB

    That's an interesting post. You do know that Jesus was not white? He was a Jew with Arab features. Europeans made him look for white in their depictions to make him seem more like them, but he actually had brown skin and hair like wool. And if there were such a fantasy place as heaven, do you honestly believe a rabid hate monger like you would be welcome there? Have even read anything that Jesus taught about loving thy neighbor? About his message of redemption for all mankind? There is nothing in any bible claiming that being white gives you an automatic pass to enter heaven.

    May 20, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • shawn

      that is assuming Jesus existed...but yes if he did I doubt he looked like David Grohl...

      May 20, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ruckweiler

      "If he existed"? The Romans certainly knew who Jesus was. They called him Christus. Have read letters/messages from various Roman officials who knew who he was and what he espoused.

      May 21, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      I love this because this is so true!

      May 20, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • fillcore

      You are assuming that there is a Jesus then?

      May 20, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark Hillyard

      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 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sherron Teal

      Their is NO DEVIL and NO GOD. Face reality people..THIS IS IT!!!

      May 20, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • PowerPC

      And exactly where did you get your information about what Jesus looked like. Yours is just a good a guess as white or any other description since the Bible does not say anything about what Jesus looked like other than he was a "Comely" man which means attractive. You can read Genesis though to determine who had the Arab features and who did not from Abrahams children. It was not from the Isaac side but Ismael son of Haggar. Ismail was the father of the Arabs and was a completely different branch than Isaacs offspring. Just read a little.

      May 20, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • baldowl

      And what has any of that nonsense to do with this?

      May 21, 2012 at 2:05 am | Report abuse |
    • belunan

      "You do know that Jesus was not white? He was a Jew with Arab features."

      This is 100% correct and we can even take it one step further: his nationality was Palestinian.

      May 21, 2012 at 2:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Robin McCoy

      @ RTB! You don't know Jesus had Arab features! Many Jews have paler skin and blue eyes as well!

      May 21, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  8. Ubermoderate

    Why is it that when there are stories about "random" violence, it's always a black perp and a white victim, and the MSM always conveniently ignores that fact in the interest of "political correctness?"

    May 20, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  9. Andy Michaels

    Tulsa shootings were motivated by race. Maybe this is similar except races reversed.

    May 20, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Miller

    and if he was Jewish it would be 5 times more of a crime .

    May 20, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Car make

    From the looks of it pausing and rewinding the video the car seems to have a square back end and a lower front end. Suggesting the car make is probably a Black or dark Purple early 2000's Honda Civic

    May 20, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mike STL USA

    Is this a hate crime? Or a random act of violence?

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

    I'm so shocked to learn that this could be an African American male. Oh my ... this must be racists. Quick ... call Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. Racial profiling again by those evil white people!

    May 20, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • AnotherWhitePerson

      No, not "those evil white people" just "a stupid white person".

      May 20, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Bob Dobbs

    This country has treated its blacks like animals for generations, should anyone really be surprised when young blacks turn out to be animals? It's time to treat blacks with the same respect everyone else deserves. Time to put an end the school-to-prison pipeline, the drug war, and socialist indoctrination/radicalization in our schools.

    May 20, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • nelson

      Bob , I agree blacks have been mistreated, but that's not an excuse to maim and murder. Blacks need just one thing: education.

      May 20, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Spaz

      Respect is worthless if it is just given out. It only means something if it is earned.

      May 20, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob Dobbs

      Hi Nelson, I am certainly not excusing murder in any shape or form – simply pointing out that this kind of thing doesn't happen in a vacuum. 90% of young black males have no father or male role model to teach them how to be a man, so they learn wrongly from television, gangs, and miseducating schools that spend more time filling them with racial animosity than teaching them the skills they need to survive and prosper as positive contributors to society.

      "Education", in the perverse, backwards way it is practiced in the public prison-schools that we have today, aggravates rather than mitigates the problem. Research the "school-to-prison pipeline" and you will learn how horrible the situation we have put these young people in.

      Young people learn by imitating. When they act as if life is worthless, it is because they have been taught that way by the example of the way they themselves are treated.

      May 20, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      Education is part of the answer, but not the only answer. Please enlighten me as to what other race(s) exists in the United States that we have mistreated generations ago that haven't figured out how to either rise above it or move on. This isn't a situation where Mr. Stone had done something to this wannabe gang member. This is an unprovoked attack on a man and on society as a whole. I always try to put myself in someone else's shoes to try to understand what might have been going on in someone's life to warrant their actions, but seriously, a good man gets killed because some heathen (regardless of color) decides to destroy a family's bedrock. After the police arrest the idiots, the only color that truly matters is the color in their heart.

      May 20, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob Dobbs

      Hi Jason, to answer your question "Please enlighten me as to what other race(s) exists in the United States that we have mistreated generations ago that haven't figured out how to either rise above it or move on. "

      I do believe that Native Americans also continue to suffer from being dominated by the US government as well. Look up the alcoholism rates, they are absolutely obscene.

      This has nothing to do with skin color, other than to the extent that the government makes it so. ANY person put in that situation will react the same – they will learn the behaviors with which they are treated. Today our government treats blacks with violence, condescension, and contempt.

      To solve this problem we need to reach out to these people as human beings years before they learn the ways of violence.

      May 20, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  15. nelson

    just fed up with crimes like this, and especially when suspects are african americans. it's sickening that a law abiding citzen gets shot by some hoodlums and losers who chose a lifestyle of people, wake up, go to school, get an education, get a job and avoid crime. my God!

    May 20, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • grdsqrl

      That would go a long way in solving the problem

      May 20, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kim Baliey

      Nelson :
      Why you and Liberals apologize to Blacks 24/7?
      Latinos and Asians do not...they consider Blacks very very inferior.
      Why apologize to a feral animal ?

      May 20, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
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