KC nears all-time record for homicides in 2019; most are unsolved

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National News

January 3, 2020 - 10:09 AM

Xavier Young was fatally shot in Kansas City, one of America's most murderous cities per capita. With 151 slayings in 2019, Kansas City neared its record of 155 homicides set just two years earlier. (Dreamstime/TNS)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Xavier Young was thrilled to learn he had been hired as a security guard. It would allow him to begin a new chapter in life after he graduated from high school despite struggling with ADHD and bipolar disorder.

But hours later, the 18-year-old was fatally shot in Kansas City — one of America’s most murderous cities per capita.

Young’s killing was the city’s third on Nov. 6, in a year marked by deadly violence. With 151 slayings in 2019, Kansas City neared its record of 155 homicides set just two years earlier.

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