Ka’Vyea Tyson-Curry remembers his dad on Father’s Day

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- For a lot of people, Father's Day is about celebrating dad. While one family is honoring one man's memory, a 10-year-old is wishing he could get his father back.

Everyone who drives into Children's Mercy parking lot has a story. Every car holds inside, someone dealing with pain. Every wheelchair that hits the pavement holds a child on a road to recovery.

For the first time we're meeting Ka'Vyea Tyson-Curry. His story began two months ago, when he was shot at a gas station. He was in the car when a man ran up and fired several shots. A few bullets hit the 10-year-old, some hit his father, killing him.

Now, Ka'Vyea is left with no feeling in his legs and an empty spot in his life.

"This is his first time, his first Father's day without his dad," Ka'Vyea's Grandmother, Evelyn Tyson, said.

His family made sure he spent most of the day outside, goofing around, anything to put a smile on his face.

"Just actually celebrating this day with his dad. He's not gonna have those anymore. It hurts me that I can't give that to him, I can't give him that part of his life back," said Ka'Vyea's Grandfather, Forest Tyson Jr.

His family says Ka'Vyea asks about his dad often and looks at pictures almost daily.

"He's so much like his dad," Evelyn said.

"Remember the memories. Keep those close. We don't want you to forget him, but we want you to live for him," Forest said.

As Ka'Vyea begins his treatment, in hopes he will walk again, his family is doing whatever they can to support him.

They're using his father's memory to motivate him, so that the 10-year-old's story at Children's Mercy can end with him standing on his own two feet.

"Get better for your dad. That's how you can honor his memory," said Forest.

Forest Tyson Jr. has started a new program called Father's in Charge. They'll be going to homicide crime scenes to console families and lend a helping hand.

For more information head to www.ourvillagecoalition.org

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