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Kansas City, Kan., pleads for tips to solve the fatal drive-by shooting of baby

Kansas City, Kan., Police Chief Terry Zeigler pleaded Thursday for anyone with knowledge about the drive-by shooting that killed 7-month-old JaQuail Mansaw to come forward. Police have received just one tip, and it didn’t advance the case.
Kansas City, Kan., Police Chief Terry Zeigler pleaded Thursday for anyone with knowledge about the drive-by shooting that killed 7-month-old JaQuail Mansaw to come forward. Police have received just one tip, and it didn’t advance the case. The Kansas City Star

Civic leaders are begging for the public’s help in discovering who killed 7-month-old JaQuail Mansaw in a drive-by shooting Sunday in Kansas City, Kan.

Police have received just one tip, and it was information that did not advance the case. Investigators basically have no leads.

“I am begging, I am pleading, I am imploring” for someone to step forward with information, Unified Government Commissioner Gayle Townsend said Thursday in a news conference at City Hall.

JaQuail died early Monday after being shot the night before in a drive-by hail of bullets that targeted his family’s home in the 2700 block of North Early Street. It was the latest of five cases since October in which a child in the Kansas City area had been shot in a drive-by.

Townsend called it “domestic terrorism.”

Mayor Mark Holland called for help in breaking the cycle of violence and silence.

“No one deserves to live in fear in their own homes,” he said. “Every child deserves to be safe.”

Police Chief Terry Zeigler said investigators have created a “mini metro squad” to tackle the case, but they are stymied by a lack of information.

Townsend called the shooter or shooters “dream killers” because they snuffed out the life of a child who could have grown up to be a professional boxer or a comedian or something else.

“Candlelight vigils have their place … but the real light we need is the light that can be shed by people who know” who did this, she said.

Townsend personally added $250 to the reward for information, which now totals $2,250.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Tips Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477). People giving tips can remain anonymous.

To reach Matt Campbell, call 816-234-4902 or send email to mcampbell@kcstar.com.

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