Ross family, friends attend prayer vigil

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A vigil was held Sunday for the 14-year-old teen whose body was found partially buried last week.

Montee Ross' mother said she is mourning his death, and what her other son is now going through, telling the crowd he's the one who accidentally pulled the trigger, killing Montee.

Hundreds hold balloons with the number 14, for Montee's 14 years of life.  First to take the microphone was Alicia Temple, the teen's mother.

"I appreciate all you all coming out," Temple said.

Temple told the crowd it was her other 12-year-old son who accidentally pulled the trigger while a group of kids were playing with a gun, killing Montee.

Her son was charged with involuntary manslaughter. Prosecutors say a 16-year-old and a 17-year-old face abandonment of a corpse charges.

"I just want to make it clear that I don't blame anyone," Temple said. "It was a tragic mistake. I forgive them,"

Instead, she wants to talk about Montee, a funny kid with the heart of a true entrepreneur.

"Always calling and saying, 'What do you need me to do?  I'll clean out your garage.  I'll cut your grass.  I'll clean your shoes. I'll wash your clothes.  I'll watch all your kids,'" Temple recalled.

The kids that Montee watched, like Markhi Williams, have an impression of Montee that will not be forgotten any time soon.

"I remember all the times that we spent together.  Like the time we went to Power Play, and I love him like a brother," Williams said.

Temple said she prays those at the vigil take a message home.

"Just please, please take heed to this message, because kids, do not, do not, stress play with guns.  I don't care if they're laying around do not play with them," she said.

Ross' funeral will be held Saturday at New Life and Christ International Ministries.  Visitation will start at 9:00 a.m. and the funeral will begin at 11:00 a.m.

The family said they've also set up a fund at Liberty Bank and Trust.  It's the Montee Ross Jr. Fund.

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