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3-Year-Old Marcus Haislip III Shot And Killed

Marcus Haislip

By Eric L. Wesson Sr.
CALL Staff Writer
The family of 3-year-old Marcus Haislip III, is preparing to bury him rather than preparing to watch him graduate from day care to pre-school classes.

Marcus was shot and killed on Friday, May 12, as his family traveled in the area of 54th and Park.

According to reports a suspect opened fire on their vehicle. The suspect, who was on foot at the time, is described as a black male wearing a red hoodie and gray shorts. The victims were all related. Marcus’ father was driving the vehicle and his uncle, Marcus’ great-uncle, was in the front passenger’s seat.

The father rushed to Research Medical center where Marcus was later pronounced dead.

The father was shot in his upper body and the uncle was shot in the foot. Marcus was shot in the neck, head and shoulder, according to reports.

Police are looking for clues and other information in the toddler’s death.

Gun violence in the 50s area has always been a problem.

In August 23, 2013, Myeisha J. Turner and her 3-year-old daughter, Damiah White, were found shot to death in their home.

During Rashwn Long’s sentencing hearing allegations surfaced connecting Long, 35, to those murders, but he has never been formally charged or convicted for the crimes of murder.

Long is serving a 30 year sentence in the federal bureau of prisons for possession of a controlled substance.

In another shooting incident, most recently, in the area of 5300 Garfield, a mother reports that someone shot up their home over the possibility that someone stole their cellphone that was living in that home. There were four children inside of that home and three adults. Luckily, no one was shot or killed.

Marcus’ grandmother and mother were getting their nails done at the time Marcus was shot. Marcus, his father and uncle were on their way to a gaming center when he was killed. People throughout the community are stunned over the shooting.

“That little boy never had a chance in life,” one neighbor said.

“He was an innocent bystander in a situation that he did not have anything to do with. No one just walks up to a car and just starts shooting. And that poor sweet innocent baby paid the price for someone else,” she said.

“I just hope the police and prosecutors find the shooter so that at least justice can be served.”

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Grand Opening Set For Streetcar May 6 And 7

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The City of Kansas City, Mo. and the Kansas City Streetcar Authority invite the public to celebrate the start of KC Street- car operations next week-end.

The public celebration starts at 10 a.m. Friday, May 6, out- side of Union Station with a grand opening ceremony fea- turing Kansas City Mayor Sly James, Federal Transit Ad- ministration members, Kansas City Streetcar Authority Chair- man Mike Hagedorn and other local dignitaries and elected of cials.

The ceremony will be fol- lowed by an inaugural rst ride for those dignitaries and the opening of public streetcar service and community-wide parties and activities.

Mayor Sly James said the grand opening of the KC Streetcar is more than a cele- bration of a new transit option for Kansas Citians.

“This is the rst step of what I believe will be a truly historic transformation of

the entire city,” James said. “Building owners and devel- opers have completed, started or announced more than $1.7 billion in construction in the downtown KC Streetcar dis- trict since the route was an- nounced. I’m con dent the entire city will nd new mo- mentum as the KC Streetcar energizes the heart of our com- munity.”

$27 Million Plans For 18th And Vine Unveiled

City Manager Troy Schulte, 3rd District Councilman Jer- maine Reed and members of the City Council presented a phased improvements plan for Kansas City’s historic 18th and Vine district. The improve- ments plan highlights district revitalization projects that will be funded through potential bond proceeds, philanthropic and private donations, grant funding and various tax incen- tives.

“This proposal focuses on developing public-private part- nerships that are needed to sustain growth and develop- ment at 18th & Vine,” said City

Manager Troy Schulte. “I ap- preciate the detailed analysis by City Planning staff to help guide this innovative propos- al.”

The plan proposes a City bond-funding commitment of $27,637,162, which leverages a minimum private investment at $12,150,000 or 43.9%. Private investment will increase or- ganically as commercial proj- ects are solidi ed and through the attraction of private devel- opers. Additionally, all avail- able federal, state and local in- centives will be made available to maximize the return on the city’s investment.