Shooting survivor talks about dad’s murder, hoping to end cycle of violence

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - "Don't have enemies," is the message a 10-year-old wants out, and now he's making it his own personal mission to make sure it's heard. Ka'Vyea Tyson-Curry and his father, Ka'Vyea Curry, were shot at a gas station last April. His father was killed and Ka'Vyea is now paralyzed.

But instead of shutting the world out, he's inviting people in to hear his story and to hopefully prevent it from happening again.

"I was wondering if it was just a nightmare or something," he said.

And sometimes Ka'Vyea still wakes up hoping it was. Surveillance video from the gas station has been played dozens of times, all over the country. We've seen the gunman run up to the car and shoot, but no one, except Ka'Vyea, knows how it felt to be on the other side of the trigger.

"Right before Dontae shot me, I looked over at him, he was just looking at dad and I. Then he just pulled the trigger," he recalled.

All in slow motion, he witnessed his father's murder. Fading in and out of consciousness, he just remembers one thing.

"The blood bubbling in my hand," Ka'Vyea said.

As the footage was repeated on television, the footage beyond the car door continues to loop in Ka'Vyea's mind. Days later, the man police say was behind the trigger, was arrested. Prosecutors charged 27-year-old Dontae Jefferson with multiple charges, including first-degree murder and endangering the welfare of a child.

"My dad had an enemy. That's why he's dead. And that's why I'm like this. All this dead weight," Ka'Vyea said, smacking his legs.

For several weeks Ka'Vyea kept quiet about his pain, but now he wants people to hear it.

"I don't like to talk about what happened, but it is important," he explained.

He's teaming up with his family to spread a message:

"Don't have enemies."

He and his family are hosting stop the violence rallies all over Kansas City, speaking to young kids his age in hopes of stopping the cycle.

"He could easily be like I don't want to talk about it, and he could easily be like he hates everybody. But he's like nope I wanna let people know that this is what happens and we need to stop it," Ky Martin said.

Jefferson is being held at the Jackson County jail without bond, online court records indicate his jury trial is set to begin in April of 2015.