alonzo thomasMay 1, 2017

Alonzo Thomas IV, 20, had just taken a phone call outside a house on Wayne Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri on April 5, 2014 when shots rang out.

Alonzo, referred to as “Zoe” by some, was seen by witnesses speaking to individuals in a white van or truck with a sliding passenger door and rusted rims before being shot.

Alonzo made it to the front door of a residence where he knocked for help, collapsed and died. The shooting took place at 1:00pm, but despite it happening in the middle of the day and there being witnesses, no arrests have been made.

Alonzo had two children, one that had not yet been born, when he was murdered. Their lives will forever be impacted by the violence that stole their father.

Alonzo’s mother, Monique Willis, channeled her grief into advocacy and stated a nonprofit to help other families affected by violence in the Kansas City Area. Momma on Mission, Inc. was organized to help families by providing emotional and community support while seeking legal justice. Monique also shared her story in the book Grief Diaries: Project Cold Case.

“As of April 5, 2014, my life changed forever. My emotional and mental state may never be the same again.” – Monique Willis 

If you have any information regarding the unsolved murder of Alonzo Thomas IV, please contact the Kansas City Police Department at  (816) 234-5218. To remain anonymous and possibly be eligible for a $4,000 reward, call the Greater Kansas City Crime Stoppers TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477), TIPS may also be submitted electronically, or by texting TIP452 and the information to 274637.


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