Accused Killer’s Face Tattoo Allegedly Refers To His ‘Body Count’

Jonathan S. Lowrey is accused of second-degree murder in the death of Joseph Corum. Police in Missouri were able to identify him by a distinct and ominous tattoo on his face.

By Eric Shorey

A Missouri man with a distinct face tattoo has been charged with second-degree murder after a shooting in Kansas City.

Jonathan S. Lowrey of Blue Springs, Missouri was charged on April 22 with several crimes in relation to an incident from last month in which he allegedly gunned down another man named Joseph Corum. In addition to a second-degree murder, Lowrey is accused of armed criminal action and tampering with a motor vehicle, according to prosecutor Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Baker.

Police had arrived to the scene of a shooting at around 2:30 a.m. on March 28 to find the body of Corum on the floor, according to court documents obtained by WDAF-TV of Kansas City, Missouri.

A witness who remains unnamed in reports says that she heard the victim yelling right before a what sounded like a gun went off. She then heard the victim yell in pain as a vehicle sped away. 

Jonathan S. Lowrey

Another unnamed witness said it was Lowrey with whom Corum was arguing. She called police immediately after seeing Lowrey pull a firearm on Corum and shoot him three times.

A third unnamed witness was able to provide surveillance video of Lowrey allegedly laying in wait in his vehicle. This witness claimed that she was told by Lowrey that the distinct, identifiable tattoos on his face indicate his "body count."

Lowrey was arrested and questioned about the shooting on April 18. Lowrey refused to speak about the situation, according to KSHB of Kansas City, Missouri. Lowrey's tattoos matched the descriptions of the culprit. DNA samples taken from the shell casing also matched up to Lowrey. 

Lowrey's bond has been set at $250,000 cash, according to KVTC5, another Kansas City, Missouri-based news organization.

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