Cody Harter, a Missouri Air National Guard member, was stabbed to death Saturday night in an apparent road rage incident.
At about 7:30 p.m., police were dispatched to the area of northbound 291 Highway near the I-470 merger on a report of a man stumbling in traffic.
"Hundreds of cars would have passed by and saw this or maybe this disturbance take place on 291 Highway or possibly saw the actual incident along 470", Lee's Summit Police Sgt. Chris Depue said. They reported seeing another vehicle stopped in front of the Harter's vehicle, according to a media release from police.
Harter's mother said her son died in the arms of other good Samaritan drivers who spotted him stumbling into traffic.
The dispute escalated and the unidentified motorist allegedly stabbed Harter before fleeing in his vehicle north on I-471, police said. He also assisted with hurricane relief in Houston and Puerto Rico.
"I keep waiting for someone to tell me it's not true, that I'm going to wake up from this, but I'm not", she said. It is not clear if witnesses provided any description of the suspect or his vehicle. "He only had one semester left until he graduated with an engineering technology degree".
Harter, who served tours in both Iraq and Qater, was driving on the highway after picking up a recently repaired lawn mower.
"[Harter] brought us great joy. He realized joy. He knew love", she said. If you saw anything, even if you think it was nothing, please call. "Please call and send us a message. please". "But that's not a reason to take his life and leave him there". Let's find who did this senseless act, so that you're not sitting here when it's your child. "He knew adventure. He knew kindness, and now we know loss and pain".
Police are asking for the public's help to solve the homicide.