End Gun Violence Focus Group

End Gun Violence Focus Group

The Trinity End Gun Violence Task Force partners with Grandparents for Gun Safety.

Monthly Meeting announced via E-mail | via Zoom
The End Gun Violence Focus Group was formed in early 2019 as gun violence in Kansas City, Missouri, and our nation was escalating at an alarming rate.  Homicides and deaths from guns (accidental and self-inflicted) can be prevented. Our group works to end gun violence by educating, working to pass stronger gun laws, closing loop holes that endanger the safety of our community, and encouraging responsible gun ownership.  Our monthly meeting time and date are announced in Trinity’s weekly e-mails. Beth Burnett chairs this group, and if you’re interested in working with us, please contact her at info@trinitykc.org.


In May of 2021, the End Gun Violence Focus Group adopted a project to acknowledge homicide victims in the metropolitan area by posting their names in the church newsletter. We thank the Grandparents Against Gun Violence community organization for gathering these names for us to remember. They have followed an example set by Father John Spicer at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Brookside where names are read weekly. They encourage other churches and synagogues to support this way of memorializing these victims and their families.

It is important to remember them by name whenever we can.

January

We lost 12 people to gun violence in January 2022. We say their names here:

  • Che Jefferson, 35
  • Brandon Creath, 34
  • Spencer Jones, 25
  • Unknown victim
  • Richie T. Aaron, 30
  • Maurice Bell, 45
  • 4 unknown men
  • 2 unknown women

February

We lost 17 people to gun violence in February 2022. We say their names here:

  • Cornelius Flowers, 37
  • Pebbles M. Harr, 44
  • Jenna L. Nava, 34
  • Austin Michael Knowles-DeClements, 25
  • Desmond J. Matthews, 17
  • Keith A. Nevels, 44
  • Dillion Simmons, 22
  • Sharriff Tilghman, 49
  • Eduardo Salazar, 22
  • Shawn W. Wilson, 36
  • Samuel Zamvdio, 62
  • Jeffrey Nemitz, 50
  • Ashley Pettiford, 31
  • Jemaine Jackson, 34
  • Way La Bow, 16
  • 2 unknown men

March

We lost 17 people to gun violence in March 2022. We say their names here:

  • Donell Copper Jr., 38
  • Cheryl “Sharell” Holloman, 46
  • Unknown man, 33
  • Cortez Dawn, 41
  • Kirk M. Wittaker, 34
  • Tyrea M. Pryor, 39
  • John M. Sola, 45
  • Zavion Miles, 22
  • Carvell England, 38
  • Solana Sagun, 21
  • Hannah Leeson, 27
  • Kenneth Washington 28
  • Sheryl Turley, 38
  • Sean Winston, 20
  • John M. Williamson, 20
  • Sara Beck, 22
  • Davonte Robinson, 18

April

We lost 18 people to gun violence in April 2022. We say their names here:

  • Creighton Goddard, 20
  • Leshia A. Pearl, 30
  • Johnnie Hill, 71, Susan Hill, 64, Desiree Hill, 34, April 7
  • Jeremiah Crow, 31
  • Marshall Ellis, 22
  • Danny E. Scott, 52
  • David J. Rose, 32
  • Rodney N. Winston, Jr., 26
  • Anthony Villarreal, 33
  • 2 unknown women
  • 3 unknown men
  • 1 unknown victim
  • And we say the name of 14-year-old Manuel Guzman, who was fatally stabbed on April 12 at Northeast Middle School.

May

We lost 30 people to gun violence in May 2022. We say their names here:

  • Christina Nevels, 36
  • Andreone Hall, 19
  • Aaron Eichelberger, 42
  • Lamont A. Todd, 39
  • Terylle Gorham, 31
  • Maurice Boudreaux-Boone, 20
  • Marcia Boring, 52
  • Eugene Shaw, 50
  • Eric Verner, 51
  • Marion Warden, 22
  • Carlos Barnett, 24
  • David Bynum, 40
  • William Jones, 25
  • Lanita Hart, 47
  • David Tate, 34
  • Deandre Davis, 35
  • Andre Stephens, 40
  • Jeremiah Foster, 36
  • Shawn Wiese, 55
  • Skylar Smith, 33
  • Francisco Garcia-Aguirre, 47
  • Michael A. Rehard, 33
  • Tiara Adams, 32
  • Anthony Weber, 25
  • 3 unknown men
  • George R. Dale, 51
  • Marco Cardino, 19
  • Mekiah D. Harris, 26

June

We lost 18 people to gun violence in June 2022. We say their names here:

  • Kaitlyn Mahurin, 20
  • Floyd Helton, 65
  • Thomas Floyd, 48
  • Rodrick Roland, 32
  • Timothy Grigsby, 32
  • Charles Bradham, 54
  • Latefa Baker, 40
  • Dale White, 55
  • Elijah Flores, 30
  • Rashan Stenson, Jr., 17
  • Lorenzo Johnson, 34
  • Marcus M. Johnson, 33
  • DeMonte Allen, 27*
  • Khristian Wright, 18*
  • Jennifer Trenchard, 38
  • David Trenchard, 33
  • Unknown teen
  • Unknown man

* previously unidentified

View the complete list for 2021 here.

July

We lost 21 people to gun violence in July 2022. We say their names here:

  • Marvin Yancey
  • Devin Cunningham
  • Cardell Crawford
  • Demarion Benjamin
  • Sir Raheem Knox
  • Carlos Martinez-Ramirez
  • Carlo Enrique Collado
  • Jai’Bryn Johnson
  • I’lishia Richardson
  • Sterling Simpson
  • Nigel Delon
  • Carlton Newsom
  • Jourdyn Everette
  • Printard Jackson
  • Taylor Hawkins
  • Donna Mayfield
  • 4 unknown men
  • 1 unknown woman

August

We lost 28 people to gun violence in August 2022. We say their names here:

  • Leslie Taylor
  • Salvador Lopez
  • Myana Henderson
  • Billy Richardson
  • Dejuan Henderson
  • Warner Trotter
  • Johan Sarmiento-Perlata
  • Matthew Douglas Jr.
  • George Richards
  • Luis Rodriguez
  • Mausheya Jackson
  • Aiden Ayers
  • Denzell D. Swan
  • Rafael Avila-Mendez
  • Jourdan Thompson
  • Keith Cole
  • Bruce Nelson
  • Carlos J. Chavira
  • Oswaldo Saucedo-Chavira
  • Daniel Ward
  • Shaquille Jackson
  • 3 unknown people
  • 1 unknown man
  • 2 unknown juveniles
  • 2 unknown women