Christmas candlelight vigil honors young cousins killed in Kansas City drive-by shooting

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Family of Montell Ross, 8 and Jayden Ugwuh, 9, held a Christmas candlelight vigil Monday night in Kansas City. It’s been a little more than four months since the cousins were  killed as they slept in their home at 58th Terrace and College Avenue.

Unfortunately, from all appearances by what little the family’s been told, this case has gone as cold as the weather.  It's tough for the family to take when their two little boys don’t get to celebrate Christmas and their killer probably will be.

“Normally we’d be into the whole hot chocolate, smores, baking thing right now, but it’s hard, it’s way past hard,” Montell's mother Aishah Coppage said.

The boys like most every child you’d meet, loved Christmas. That makes making the approaching holiday even more difficult for the family, their first Christmas not seeing the joy of them opening presents under the tree.

“Christmas is going to be a hard day for my family and myself while I have the strength to do it now I thought it was important to wish them Merry Christmas and honor them for Christmas,” Coppage said.

They prayed for the boys during the vigil attended by many of the other children who were in the home at the time of the shooting.

“In honor of Jayden and Montell we want to say we miss y'all it’s sad you aren’t here with us on this Christmas or any of the other holidays. Rest in peace,” the boy's aunt said.

They released balloons with their favorite superheroes on them to the heavens for the boys who always wanted to fly.  They also prayed for answers.

“I pray that you will begin to soften the hearts of the city so someone anyone will be able to stand up for Jayden and Montell and what is right,” Coppage said.

The family is asking anyone with information to come forward and calls the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS.