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KMBC cold case: The senseless 2017 laundromat murder of KCK teen December Htoo

The murder of a bright and talented student, singer, son, brother and athlete.”He was thriving. He was loved by his classmates, by his teachers,” Kansas City, Kansas Police Department victim services officer Wendy Medina said. Medina was charged with delivering the terrible news five years ago to the family of December Htoo.Someone had shot and killed their 15-year-old boy as he was closing up the laundromat where he was working on November 17, 2017.The Htoos immigrated to the United States when December was six. The family had moved in large part to avoid the violence in their home country of Myanmar.Tragically, violence found December, who was a top student and a fine wrestler on his high school team.”This is one of those cases I can’t shake,” Officer Medina said. Medina runs the victim’s services unit for the KCK police. She’s been guiding the Htoo’s through their painful wait for justice.”I can’t answer. I can’t solve. But, what I can do is be with them and make sure that they don’t feel alone.” Medina said. It’s a tough job. Whoever killed the Harmon High School sophomore seems to have every circumstance working in their favor.The security camera system inside the laundromat that night wasn’t working. Security cameras across the street were not set to record. The only camera system that did work was too far away and pointed in the wrong direction to be much help. “It’s amazing how one little piece of information is what you need,” KCK detective James Gunzenhauser said. The seasoned investigator says his experience tells him someone has that one piece of information they need. He believes a clue directing police to the killer of December is out there. Gunzenhauser says December’s youth and exemplary life are more than enough motivation to keep him on the hunt after all this time.”As far as it being a 15-year-old that was doing everything that he should, and just the age of the child, quite honestly, it adds extra drive because it pisses you off,” Gunzenhauser saidEven with that fiery drive, December’s case still needs a tip about who came into the laundromat in November 2017. Who and why someone would snuff out such a beautiful life remains a mystery five years on.Crimestoppers is offering a $2,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and prosecution of a suspect in December’s murder.The TIPS Hotline is anonymous, so you don’t have to give your name. That number is 816-474-tips.

The murder of a bright and talented student, singer, son, brother and athlete.

“He was thriving. He was loved by his classmates, by his teachers,” Kansas City, Kansas Police Department victim services officer Wendy Medina said.

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Medina was charged with delivering the terrible news five years ago to the family of December Htoo.

Someone had shot and killed their 15-year-old boy as he was closing up the laundromat where he was working on November 17, 2017.

The Htoos immigrated to the United States when December was six. The family had moved in large part to avoid the violence in their home country of Myanmar.

Tragically, violence found December, who was a top student and a fine wrestler on his high school team.

“This is one of those cases I can’t shake,” Officer Medina said.

Medina runs the victim’s services unit for the KCK police. She’s been guiding the Htoo’s through their painful wait for justice.

“I can’t answer. I can’t solve. But, what I can do is be with them and make sure that they don’t feel alone.” Medina said.

It’s a tough job. Whoever killed the Harmon High School sophomore seems to have every circumstance working in their favor.

The security camera system inside the laundromat that night wasn’t working. Security cameras across the street were not set to record. The only camera system that did work was too far away and pointed in the wrong direction to be much help.

“It’s amazing how one little piece of information is what you need,” KCK detective James Gunzenhauser said.

The seasoned investigator says his experience tells him someone has that one piece of information they need. He believes a clue directing police to the killer of December is out there. Gunzenhauser says December’s youth and exemplary life are more than enough motivation to keep him on the hunt after all this time.

“As far as it being a 15-year-old that was doing everything that he should, and just the age of the child, quite honestly, it adds extra drive because it pisses you off,” Gunzenhauser said

Even with that fiery drive, December’s case still needs a tip about who came into the laundromat in November 2017.

Who and why someone would snuff out such a beautiful life remains a mystery five years on.

Crimestoppers is offering a $2,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and prosecution of a suspect in December’s murder.

The TIPS Hotline is anonymous, so you don’t have to give your name. That number is 816-474-tips.