Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Family of KCK murder victim looking for justice five years later

By NICK SLOAN, nick@kansascitykansan.com

Five years after the murder of 25-year-old Kansas City, Kan., resident Jeff Rogers, his family continues to remain active in trying to solve questions that linger with the homicide case.

On April 9, 2008, four to five men broke into a home on 84th Street and State Avenue in Kansas City, Kan. On that night, Rogers was stabbed and shot multiple times in what police believed was a robbery.

Since then, the family has gathered at various locations to mark the anniversary each year.

Unfortunately, the family is no where closer to having the homicide case solved.

"Today's a sad day for the family," said John Frishman, Rogers' uncle. "This is the fifth year things have gone sour for us. We've had ups and downs."

Frishman said law enforcement has received tips and leads, but nothing serious enough to lead to an arrest.

"Since then, it's been quiet," he said.

Along with the quietness coming locally, the family has experienced other set backs.

The case was originally scheduled to air on America's Most Wanted. However, the show was canceled twice - first by FOX, and later on, The Lifetime Network.

But the family recently received some luck in the form of advertising.

LAMAR Advertising has a billboard advertising Rogers' murder that's up around highways in Kansas City. In addition, a $10,000 reward is available for someone with information that leads to an arrest.

Nancy Euler, Rogers' mom, just hopes someone comes forward.

"Every day is hard," she said. "I just hope someone can come forward. Please come forward."

For Frishman, this time of year is particularly tough without his nephew. The two fished together quite a bit and with spring here, odds are they may have been fishing sometime soon if Rogers was still alive.

"He could be right over here," Frishman said, pointing to a nearby lake. "It should have never happened."

If you have information about the case, call the TIPS hotline at 816-474-TIPS.