Friends mourn loss of Independence Avenue regular

By CAROLANNE MURRAY
Northeast News 
June 19, 2013

“Jimmy was such a nice guy, I don’t see anyone stabbing him for malice,” said Michael Low, outreach worker at Bessie’s House.

Jimmy-Clark

Jimmy Clark

At approximately 6 a.m. June 13, 56-year-old Native American Jimmy Clark was found deceased behind the Fast Stop on Independence Avenue at a homeless camp known commonly by its residents as the “shooting gallery.” While the cause of death has not been released, locals and friends of Clark believe he was stabbed. The intention behind the alleged stabbing is unknown.

“I’ll miss him,” Low said. “Everybody has their fault, but Jimmy was a likable guy. He seemed to get along with everybody.”

The Cheyenne Arapaho Native American grew up in Concho, Okla. He spent most of his childhood and teenage years in Concho. It was not until high school that he moved to Lawrence, Kan., and attended Haskell High School. During high school he was an active athlete and played both basketball and football. Clark left behind three children and two grandchildren.

“His kids loved him to death,” Jimmy’s friend Pam said. ” He never did anything to anybody. He was a good person and I have no idea who could do anything to him.”

His oldest daughter, Jamie, is 25 years old. His son, Anthony, and daughter Dakota are both younger. Clark also had two grandchildren, ages five and six.

According to Jamie, Clark’s favorite sports teams were the Kansas City Chiefs and the University of Kansas Jayhawks.

“He was the one that got me started on KU. Rock Chalk, Jayhawk,” Jamie said.

Clark was in and out of his childrens’ lives since they were little. Jamie remembers that her father enjoyed telling them stories about his life and scary campfire stories as well. Her favorite memory with him was when he would take her to the park and swing her on the swing set and play catch with her.

Low said Clark was a regular at “Bessie’s House,” the local homeless outreach house, since it opened.

“He had alcohol problems, like a lot of the others, but he was a spiritual guy,” Low said. “He had a very spiritual presence and was fun to be around, especially when he was sober.”

Clark’s funeral was held Tuesday, June 18, at Passantino Bros. Funeral Home, 2117 Independence Blvd. It was a private funeral with only close family and friends in attendance.

Jimmy-Friends

Friends of Jimmy Clark share their memories of the 56-year-old with Northeast News.

jimmy-memorial

A memorial in the homeless camp that friends created to honor Clark. Photos by Michael Bushnell

 

 

 

 

Comments are closed.

  • Fire destroys pawn shop warehouse

    November 19th, 2014
    by

    Michael Bushnell Northeast News Nov. 19, 2014 KANSAS CITY, Missouri — The Kansas City Fire Department were called to an […]


    Neighborhood Advisory Council seeks candidates for 2015

    November 12th, 2014
    by

    Northeast News November 12, 2014 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – The Kansas City, Mo., Neighborhood Advisory Council is seeking candidates for […]


    A new program coming to teach children music

    November 5th, 2014
    by

    By Joe Jarosz Northeast News November 5, 2014 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – An area community center is hoping to bring […]


    Hang out with runners along the Cliff Drive

    October 28th, 2014
    by

    By Joe Jarosz Northeast News October 29, 2014 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – This weekend, runners are heading for the cliff. […]


    No reservoir-ations about park’s future

    October 21st, 2014
    by

      By Joe Jarosz Northeast News October 22, 2014 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – First, they took a look at Independence […]


  • Barber shop wants to grow with Columbus Park

    October 14th, 2014
    by

    By Joe Jarosz Northeast News October 15, 2014 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Eric Barnhart has big plans for his barber […]


    EPD hitting the right notes

    October 14th, 2014
    by

    By Joe Jarosz Northeast News October 15, 2014 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – The number of homicides in the East Patrol […]


    Murals dress up the former Scarritt Elementary School

    October 14th, 2014
    by

    By Joe Jarosz Northeast News October 15, 2014 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Phase one is in the books. Last week, […]


    Playground build coming soon

    October 14th, 2014
    by

      By Joe Jarosz Northeast News October 15, 2014 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – This Saturday, after the neighborhood builds it, […]


    River Market CID renewal met with some resistance

    October 14th, 2014
    by

    By Joe Jarosz Northeast News October 15, 2014 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Not everyone in the River Market believes the […]


  • Local Weather