With national attention turned to the senseless death of a little boy shot while asleep in his bed, a witness came forward to name his killer.
LeGend Taliferro was a little boy who didn’t live long enough to see his 5th birthday. His life was cut short by someone shooting him through his wall.
Ryson Ellis is charged with second-degree murder, unlawful use of a weapon and two counts of armed criminal action, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced at a press conference, with Taliferro’s parents by her side.
LeGend was shot in the early hours of June 29 when Ellis “cowardly fired multiple rounds into the back of the apartment where LeGend was believed to be safely inside, asleep as we would all expect. And some of those shots, we now know, killed this beautiful little boy,” Baker said.
Baker credited the arrest to a witness who stepped forward with information. Kansas City has seen high homicide rates in the past, she said, but this summer is even beyond earlier years.
“It’s not new to see this kind of horrific bloodshed and death, but this summer is different,” Baker said. “This summer the numbers are historic and the toll of these killings leaves many of us in this room heartbroken. I fear that leaves some of us even calloused.” –KCUR
This is the same young boy for whom the federal response to the upsurge in violence and civil unrest was named.
Attorney General Bill Barr announced the launch of “Operation Legend” earlier this month in an effort to combat violent crime in Kansas City. The program was named after LeGend Taliferro, a four-year-old boy who was fatally shot last month while sleeping in his Kansas City apartment.
The program began after Missouri’s Republican Gov. Mike Parson asked federal law enforcement to assist local police. Barr directed agents from the FBI, U.S. Marshal Service, Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to help local law enforcement there.
The Department of Justice said the operation is meant to curb a spike in violent crime in the city, where there have been more than 100 homicides this year.
Federal law enforcement officers currently working out of Chicago, including FBI officials, U.S. Marshalls, DEA and ATF, will be “loaned” to the Justice Department to help fight crime as part of the program. The Chicago expansion is expected to involve about 100 federal law enforcement officers, with the same plan for Albuquerque. —FoxNews
Responding to the news of the arrest, his mom made an appeal to the public:
LeGend’s mother, Charron Powell, said she’s “in the steps to justice” but called it a “lose situation” for her family and the family of the young man accused of killing her son.
“As a community, I appreciate you guys for stepping up, but now we gotta take it a step farther and help calm the violence down… and to stop things like this from happening,” Powell said.
“It’s still rough just to imagine, to know that I don’t have my son anymore, to wake up at night, feel his presence or even hearing the voice is one of the hardest things for us.” –KCUR
The mother of this slain child recognizes that there is a crime issue that needs to be solved.
Even if Media talking heads like Don Lemon and politicians like AOC are working hard to convince us that there IS no crime problem, or if there is, it’s due to poverty.
People don’t randomly fire round of a weapon into a bedroom because they’re hungry. They do it because they have a callous disregard for human life.