Link between suspected gunman, victim may uncover gas station shooting motive

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Just over a month after he was critically wounded in a shooting at a BP gas station at 45th and Cleveland, 10-year-old Ka'Vyea Tyson remains at Children's Mercy Hospital, paralyzed from the waist down. His family says he is a fighter and has made a remarkable recovery.

It was the Friday before Easter when Tyson was injured and his father, Ka'Vyea Curry, was killed after a gunman walked up to their car at the gas station, pulled out a gun and shot them.

Dontae Jefferson is the suspected gunman and has been charged with murder and assault, among other crimes, but the question as to why it happened remains unanswered. FOX 4 has found a link between Jefferson and Curry that may provide a clue about that.

Court documents uncovered by FOX 4 News show that in 2004, Jefferson pleaded guilty to robbery and armed criminal action, and Ka'Vyea Curry is the one who led police to him.

Police say Curry, who at the time went by the name Charles Washington, told police he bought stolen car rims from "a guy named Dontae", which led police to Jefferson. He confessed to stealing a car at gunpoint and spent almost 10 years in prison.

Ka'Vyea Tyson's grandfather said from the way the suspect was seen on surveillance cameras walking up to the car and shooting into it, he knew it was personal.

"We are talking about people who don't care. Don't care who they hurt," Tyson told FOX 4.

The connection gives little him a better understanding of why this may have happened.

"A revenge killing? Rationally thinking people can't imagine it so I guess you would have to be a monster to understand what he's thinking," he said.

As the court case proceeds against Jefferson, the Tyson Family says Ka'Vyea continues to make progress and hopes the boy can go home soon. His physical therapy now includes learning how to use his new wheelchair.

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10 comments

  • jodie jones

    WHAT IS SO FUNNY ABOUT THESE PARENTS OF “KA’VYEA CURRY” IS THAT THEY ALWAYS TALK ABOUT THEIR SON IN HIGH REGARD. HOW ABOUT HIS NAME WAS CHANGED TO KAVYEA BECAUSE HE HAD SO MANY PEOPLE AFTER HIM. HIS REAL NAME WAS CHARLES CURRY. HE WAS A THIEF, MURDERER AND A RAPIST AND HE WAS A SET UP ARTIST. ANYONE AROUND HIS AGE IN THE AREA HE GREW UP IN KNOWS ALL ABOUT CHUCKY. HE WAS A SNAKE IN THE GRASS.ALTHOUGH, HIS SON DID NOT DESERVE THAT AND PRAYERS TO HIM. BUT CHUCKY AKA CHARLES CURRY AKA CHARLES WASHINGTON AKA KAVYEA CURRY WAS NO DECENT PERSON

    • k3c2k3

      Even if any of what you stated above is true, he still didn’t deserve to get gunned down like a low down dirty dog. What people don’t understand is that they don’t have the right to play god. They don’t get to choose life or death for anyone but themselves. It’s not ok. Mr. Jefferson’s acts were not justified, in any way shape or form.

      • Ben

        If he was the low-life jodie jones claims he is, perhaps he did deserve to die. We know the other thug, i.e. the shooter, deserves to die. Hopefully, the young boy will grow up to be a healthy and decent man.

  • Believe it

    Everyone has a past. Donate didn’t accept responsibility for his actions. Kavyea may have turned over a new leaf. Above all thank God that precious child is out of the hospital bed and improving. He needs to get back to being kid.

  • InnerCityToo

    Jodie. If all of your convictions about the deceased are true, why didn’t you help stop the RAPE, THEFT, and destruction from a such a “snake in the grass.” Evidently you knew things that you should have spoken on, or advised others to. Versus just screaming about it on the internet. Any PARENT is going to speak on the good they remember about their child, why wouldn’t they? After all you are born loving them, NO matter the ignorant choices they make. You didn’t speak when you should have about this man, and the crimes you knew of, so PLEASE don’t act like you are a provider of justice or the truth now.

    • Ben

      I guess we could blame people like jodie jones who knew a lot about the crimes being committed but never had the good sense or the courage to call the police. She is actually part of the problem and should accept some of the responsibility for what happened to the little boy. If more people spoke up about the crimes they know about, fewer children would be getting shot in the crossfire. I hope all the jodies out there realize they need to “snitch” or it could be their life that gets wasted next.