KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A grieving family gathered Friday night to remember a father and son shot at a Kansas City gas station. Loved ones of the victims hadn’t been able to go back to the gas station, but Friday night, exactly one week later, they made their way back.
Ka’vyea Curry’s mom, brothers, uncle and best friend shed tears just a few feet away from where the 34-year-old took his last breath.
It’s a kind of pain family of Ka’Vyea Curry couldn’t hold back. All the while there’s a gas station in the corner of their eye they’ve been trying to avoid for the past week.
“I don’t even want to look at pump four. When I walk by I glanced. I just don’t even wanna look,” said Curry’s best friend Jason Rice.
Some people kept their back turned, some couldn’t help but stare and replay that night over and over in their mind.
“They gunned my son down like a dog. It hurts me so bad. It hurts me that my grandson is laid up in a hospital on his back,” Curry’s mom, Charlene, said.
Ka’Vyea’s 10-year-old son, Ka’Vyea Tyson was shot too.
“My nephew could’ve bled to death. Right here,” said the boy’s uncle, Terry Tyson.
But family said people standing nearby the gas station and police helped keep him alive. Those same officers paid him a visit Friday and brought him a book of presidents, one of the fourth grader’s favorite subjects. They also brought him a badge, something he held close.
“Ka’Vyea’s eyes just lit right up when he heard their voice,” said Terry Tyson.
As family and friends held hands and shed tears for a life lost, they wished the 10-year-old could’ve been at the vigil to honor his dad. But his heart is still beating, a blessing they say is the only thing keeping them going.
“He’s here,” said Terry Tyson.
Ka’vyea Curry’s funeral is Saturday; his son won’t be able to make it. He’s still having trouble breathing and doctors will be performing a tracheotomy on Monday in hopes of helping his lungs.