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. B.Smith

    How long will people drink the kool-aid the liberal main stream media is feeding them. Whites are so fooled by the blacks one on one they are nice to to you but really they hate you but tolerate you. Put them in a group and they will sucker punch you or shoot you, I wish all people would live and forgive the past ,racial harmony and learn how not to hate but thats a dream and will not happen. Not sure whats going to happen. Be cautious around blacks they will sucker punch you if you give them the chance or kill you.

    May 20, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Weatherbrain

      wow you are so on the money with that....

      May 20, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Corey

      I've experienced racism and I've never hated any white person or anybody that matter. I've never sucker punched any white person or anybody else and would only put hands on them if they were to put their hands on me I treat people how they treat me and since there are over 40 million black people in this country and the vast majority aren't criminals or racists out to kill all white people I feel that your hypothesis might be kind of off. It is an insult to anyones intelligence that you were even trying to rech with that comment to believe that anyone would even believe that was true.
      Racism exists everywhere B.Smith But there is and always will be too many decent thinking people to ever let people like you become a majority. People will always ultimately stand up to stupidity like yours Why do you think animals like Hitler and Osama are burning in hell now? Try again Smith.

      May 20, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Big Bear

    A victim of Jogging While White. This is a daily occurrence now in Obamanation, and not a peep from the Race Industry. Fat Al and Jokeson are probably attending a diversity junket in Bermuda at White taxpayers' expense. I'm glad I live in Idaho.

    May 20, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • jdoe

      Exaggerate much?

      May 20, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ployes

      Really? Occurs daily? Where exactly?

      May 20, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. JT

    Looks like a honda accord sedan

    May 20, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Lock and Load

    "The biggest criminals in America ARE (AND ALWAYS HAVE BEEN) WHITE PEOPLE!"

    Sure they are, genius. That's why prison populations are dominated by blacks, and the FBI crime statistics are what they are. Oh, here's one:

    Per capita there are 7x more murders committed by blacks than whites.

    Here's another:

    There are 14.82 murders per 100K by blacks versus 2.17 per 100K for whites

    Marshall some facts, then pop off.

    May 20, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Rick

    Probably a gang initiation ritual.

    May 20, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Andrew

    He had no known enemies, but he was the head of the HOA. Sounds like a whole bunch of potential enemies if you ask me.

    May 20, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tim R

    Why did they shoot him? That's easy: because they had a gun.

    May 20, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Matt

    I am just curious to know why blacks always occupy the lowest rung of society where ever they are. Does this mean that every society on earth is racist, even the black ones? Just wondering...

    May 20, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. One

    Justice for trayvon? Maybe?

    May 20, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Bastet11

    Head of an HOA? That should raise red flags right there. The guys in the car probably had nothing personal against him, but could have been hired.
    I would have thought it a joke at one time, but after living in a townhome and subject to an HOA, I can see where this guy could have made a lot of enemies. They are some of the sickest people on earth and have power issues. Cops, might want to check out anyone he ticked off recently in the community.

    May 20, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Weatherbrain

    Oh can't find motive?? – let me tell you lamebrain cops a clue – there is no motive – it was done for fun; doesn't have to be a gang. why does it have to be a gang? You don't think there are racist black people? They live for racism – if t hey didn't have the racist card to play every millisecond of their useless lives they wouldn't have anything to play. This is why we need gun control, why we need the death penalty regardless of age, and why we need alot of things that we don't have and haven't had. what are those things? – pray tell you can't figure it out??; here's a list : RESPECT FOR LIFE; RESPECT FOR PROPERTY; RESPECT FOR LAW ; and RESPECT OF OTHERS PERIOD>> To think that some young thug blacks, and they are young and they are thugs and they are black could just drive along "doin wha de n8ggrs do..(quoting numerous blacks I hear every day)" is nothing out of the ordinary. And to be surprised by it is to be naive.

    May 20, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mark Matis

    Police sitll do not understand why the jogger was murdered? Let me put it in simple words that even pigs should be able to understand:
    "They was jes' sum Obamas runnin' wild, doin' their TNB."

    The time is coming soon for dead pigs, for THEY are the enablers for the Preferred Species doing this. Just how long do you think the murderers would have been running free if they had killed someone in "Law Enforcement" instead of only a Mere Citizen?

    May 20, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. thomas

    he was jogging PEOPLE!!!! is obvious who shot was a hired hit by the fast food industry.....Coalition for a FATTER America.....

    May 20, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Wm

    "To Tim R – Why did they shoot him? That's easy: because they had a gun."
    Take away all guns from law abiding citizens, the criminals will still have guns.

    May 20, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  15. James

    Unexplained? He was walking while white. Black people don't care about white people unless they are paying them money.

    May 20, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
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