kansascity | Jennifer Jones was driving westbound on Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard last week when she did something many drivers have done: She inadvertently cut off another driver.
But in this case, an occupant of the other vehicle escalated the temporary situation into a permanent tragedy. He opened fire into Jones’ van, hitting her in the side and killing her.
The killing was one of 15 in Kansas City last month — the most killings logged in January in nearly 20 years.
The alarming amount of bloodshed prompted state Rep. Brandon Ellington, a Democrat from Kansas City, to host a forum Saturday to discuss solutions to prevent homicides.
“Right now in the black community, we’re not valuing life,” he said. “There is a lack of respect for ourselves and our own lives.”