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Do You Know Who Killed This Girl?$12,000 Reward Being Offered Police Look For Leads In Murder Of 6-Year-Old Girl


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By Eric Wesson Sr.
CALL Staff Writer

Angel Hopper, 6, was best described as an “Angel” and a “genius” by teachers and friends at prayer vigil held in her memory on Sunday, Oct. 19.

Her murder has touched the heart of the community as people vow to not allow her murderer to roam free.

As of Monday police have only received two tips in the murder.

The reward fund has been raised to $12,000, due in part to a contribution from 7-11 store of $10,000.

Barbara Greene says that people ought to be out raged.

“I just don’t know what it will take to get people outraged or to have them say, ‘enough is enough’”, a tearful Ms. Greene, said.

“It just breaks my heart that someone could shoot a little girl and walk around like it is okay. And even more tragic is no one is saying anything about it. This isn’t about snitching. It’s about doing what is right and bringing a murderer to justice,” she said.

“We need to get this coward off the street and send a message that killing babies won’t be tolerated in the community.”

According to reports, Angel and her father were coming out of a 7-11 store on 107th and Blue Ridge blvd. Angel was opening a package of bubble gum when she was struck by a stray bullet. She was pronounced dead later at an area hospital.

Very few witnesses have come forward with enough solid information to investigate the murder.


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Musician Horace Washington Dies


By Eric L. Wesson Sr.
CALL Staff Writer

Horace Eugene Washington, longtime tenor sax player, band leader and Ambassador of Kansas City Jazz , died Thursday, Oct. 16, of an apparent heart attack at the age of 62.

Born in Kansas City, Kas., he was a lifelong area resident.

Washington was the son of Horace and Marcellee Washington, and brother to Tomalyn Washington-Hildebrandt, who all preceded him in death, along with his sons, Travis and Ashley.

He is survived by his brothers, Sylvester, of Kansas City and John, of Larned, Kas., and his two ex-wives, Mary and Vanessa.

He graduated from Sumner High school in 1970, where he studied under Leon Brady. Washington was Drum Major of the Sumner High Spartan Marching Band that performed in the Sugar Bowl Parade in New Orleans, and earned praise from commentators.

After graduation, he attended Tennessee State university and Missouri Western college before leaving to devote full-time, to playing jazz.

One of his many associations was playing for a season with the Chiefs Pep Band, under Tony DiPardo.

Although he played with many artists of various styles, including Sonny Kenner and Harold Bomar, the groups bearing his name – “The Horace Washington Trio” (1970’s-80’s) and “The Horace Washington Quartet” (2000’s) primarily played the traditional jazz sound popularized by earlier be-bop artists. A multi-talented artist, Washington starred in a short autobiographical film that won the CinemaJazz Best short documentary award at the 2011 AMC Kansas City Film Fest.

Washington was a native Kansas City, Kansan, Sumner High school graduate, and completed college studies at Missouri Western and DeVry.

He was proficient on saxophones, reeds and vocals.


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