Families ask for help solving homicides in Wichita

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

Four Open Investigations

  • July 14: 27-year-old James Gary, a documented gang member, was killed in a shooting near 11th and Mead
  • July 24: 25-year-old Lemmie Alford, a documented gang member, was shot while walking near 15th and Green
  • September 22: 25-year-old Kolby Hopkins was killed in Old Town
  • October 29: 47-year-old Damon Williams was killed near Harry and Oliver

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WICHITA, Kan.-- Wichita Police have investigated 16 homicides this year, but four remain unsolved.

Tonight, some of those family members and friends attended the annual "Victims of Violence Memorial" at Champion Church.

"What was taken away from all of us and all of those friends cannot be given back," said Ramon Williams, whose twin brother was killed on October 29th.

Williams' brother, Damon, died after suffering a gunshot wound to his chest and flipping his car near Harry and Oliver.

"I was devastated," said Williams.

Williams' homicide is one of four that remain as open investigations.

The memorial's organizer expanded the event this year after seeing the number of homicides around Kansas. The memorial was initially started to remember the people killed in a quadruple murder in 2000.

"This is kind of to just bring back the word 'hope' back into their lives and just show the love that we're supposed to be showing toward one another," said Candice Reed, memorial organizer.

Detectives are still assigned to those open investigations.

If you have any information about the homicides, you can remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at (316) 267-2111.


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