Fighting through tears, children feel trauma after friend is shot, his dad killed

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A Kansas City family vows they won't stop until the shooter who killed a father and shot his young son is caught. The 10-year-old boy, Ka’Vyea Tyson, watched his father, Ka’Vyea Curry, die after being shot late Friday night.

Surveillance video shows a gunman approach and open fire into a car driven by Curry at a BP gas station at 45th and Cleveland. The shots killed Curry, who was known as “KC,” and seriously wounded his son.

Ten-year-old Tyson suffered a collapsed lung and a bullet severed part of his spine. In the same gas station parking lot where the crime happened, loved ones lifted up prayers for the young boy, who's being treated at the hospital.

Now loved ones are appealing to the community for help getting justice. Family and friends are also coming to terms with a shooting that claimed one life and forever changed several others. For the little ones, it's especially tough. Young friends and family of Tyson sent him their “Get Well” messages.

“It's alright. Just fight the pain and help your dad. I hope you'll be alive and be the best God brother I've ever known. That's all," said Michael Page, fighting through tears.

“I just want him to get better. He use to joke a lot and it was really funny and I want those memories to stay like that,” said his cousin, Rayana.

Many gathered where the father and son were shot to send a message to the community that they will make it through, but they want justice. They’re also sending a message to the shooter, who they say needs to turn himself in.

“There's a little boy who doesn't have a dad now, and he'll be traumatized forever for that. You really damaged his family, so just say what you know to bring peace to the family," said family friend Briana Williams.

The shootings have been particularly tough for Charlene Curry, who lost her son and is holding out hope for her grandson's recovery.

“We're just not understanding how could you have done this to a child? What coward would hurt a child? My grandson is laying flat on his back and I don't have my son, but you know God is good. We're going to get through this," Charlene said.

If you have any information, you're urged to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

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  • GTD

    I am very sorry for this family and hope the young boy recovers – physically, emotionally and psychologically.

    I have trouble with the concept of ‘justice’ for the victims or survivors. Whatever the courts do with the criminals it cannot bring back the man who died, heal the injuries to the child and ease the pain and burden to the survivors. Closure through punishment of those responsibility is a myth

  • Justin

    I feel do badly for the boy. If Dad was targeted because of something he did, the little boy should not have to suffer the consequences of his father. Somebody knows who the shooter is and needs to call the tips hotline and collect that reward. You can stay anonymous.

  • Donna

    this is very sad. very sad. but just keep talking to god. I had a brother who was murdered years ago . sometime we just don’t understand. why things like this happened?. but god can & will bring all of you thru this. you all have my prayers.he will answer prayer we may not know how? when ? but he is the judge.

  • Sheila Baker

    GTD, do you know the shooter? if so, watch your back. justice is served when the shooter is made to pay for his crime. no plea deals. straight justice. the closure for the family is knowing this animal is “trapped” and will hurt no one else. they want no one to suffer as they are. prayers of comfort, strength, and healing for these families.