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.