Ka’Vyea’s grandfather offers help to grieving family of 6-year-old girl

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- As six-year-old Angel Hooper's family faces devastation and shock, their community steps onto the streets to let them know they're not alone.

FOX 4 spoke with someone who knows what this family is going through and is making it his mission to help.

"It just opens up a wound. It opens up a wound that was trying to heal," Forest Tyson said.

Forest Tyson showed up to this scene to offer a shoulder to Angel's family.

But as soon as he got here, his mind started flashing back.

"It was an eerie feeling. That's the time of night my grandson was shot. It brought back all of those ‘you don't knows’ and ‘what do you do next?’ You're just lost," he said.

Tyson's grandson, Ka'Vyea, was too shot at a gas station.

It happened in April but every morning Tyson wakes up with the same pain.

"You feel it, but you're just numb," Tyson said.

He knows that heart wrenching feeling. He's spent hours at this street corner with people from the community and offered counseling for Angel's family.

"People are tired, we're all tired,” he said.

Some of these people are Angel's family, other's strangers. People like Tyson, who are fed up.

He has started a group called Fathers in Charge, traveling to crime scenes, offering condolences and help but when he showed up here it was almost too much.

"It's heartbreaking," said Tyson.

His wounds are still open but he wants Angel's family to know if they need help mending theirs, he's there.

"We just want to show people we care. It's not enough to say I'm gonna do it, we have to start putting plans in action," Tyson said.

There will be a vigil held for Angel on Sunday night at 6:00 p.m. at Sycamore Park in Kansas City, Missouri followed by a peaceful protest at the 7-Eleven.

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