KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The father of the three-year-old, who died Sunday morning after he was struck by a bullet, said his son was full of curiosity and joy.
"His smile, his smile, you know, he just had the biggest smile," his father Christopher Hale said.
Family says Amorian, Amori for short, was named after the word “Amor”, meaning love.
"I love him, I am going to miss him and I am going to think about him every day," Christopher said.
Amorian Hale, 3, was killed during a drive-by shooting with a high-powered rifle. More than 20 bullets struck the family's home. One of those struck Amori in the head.
"I didn't see the entrance wound but I saw the exit wound, so I already knew he wasn't going to make it, you know," his father Christopher said.
Christopher pleaded Monday morning that people put an end to violence.
"All the senseless people shooting up houses and stuff man, that just needs to stop man," Christopher said.
Executive Director of AD HOC Group Against Crime Damon Daniel agreed with Christopher that people need to stop with the violence.
"If we want to march in our streets because of an officer killing a young unarmed African American males, we need to be marching right now because a young, innocent three-year-old child sleeping in his bed was killed," Daniel said.
Police said they do have some leads in this case, but ask you if you know anything to please call the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS. There is a $2,000 reward being offered by the TIPS Hotline.
A Go Fund Me account has been set up to help pay for Amorian’s funeral expenses. Click here if you want to contribute.
Amori is one of seven children in the metro to have been killed in recent months.
In January, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters-Baker urged adults in the community to do better about protecting children. This came after the recent deaths of too many area children, such as the ones pictured below: Machole Stewart, 10, killed Oct. 26 inside her KCK home; Jaquail Mansaw, 7-months old, killed Jan. 4 at a KCK home, Damiah White, age, three, Alexis Kane, 14, found dead at a KC water park, Lorenzo Estrada, age two was beaten and died from his injures and Angel Hooper, age six, killed outside a south KC gas station on Oct 17, 2014.
News release from Jean Peters-Baker in January:
“It is our community’s duty to protect them, to look after them. We must secure our weapons, never strike them when angry, get immediate medical care when they are injured, and report, report, report any suspicion of child abuse or neglect. When kids are abused, neglected, in danger, shot, beaten, burned or abused, we should not walk to the police station to help; we should run for help.”
“Failing to protect these children is society’s greatest failing. We must do better.”
What follows is just a partial list of the many recent cases in which child have become victims of violence or neglect:
- Friday, January 16: a 2-year old child is shot inside his south KC home
- Sunday, January 11: 7-year old seriously injured after being struck by gunfire on I-70
- Sunday, January 11: 14-year-old Alexis Kane, was found dead outside a South KC Water Park.
- Friday, January 9: 2-year-old Lorenzo Estrada was beaten and died of his injuries on January 10.
- Thursday, January 8: 7-month-old, J.S., was discovered with burns from injuries occurring earlier in December.
- Wednesday, January 7: 3-year-old T.D. shot inside her KCMO home at 38th and Chestnut.
- Sunday, January 4: 7-month-old Jaquail Mansaw killed inside a KCK home.
- Friday, December 26: 4-year-old boy was struck by gunfire as his home on Hardesty was fired upon.
- Friday, December 12: 2-year-old K.G.K., from Independence, sustained burns.
- Sunday, October 26: 10-year-old Machole Stewart killed inside a KCK home.
- Friday, October 17: 6-year-old Angel Hooper killed outside a South KC gas station.
In addition, we remember 10-year-old Kavyea Curry who was paralyzed from a shooting that also killed his father on Friday, April 19, 2014.
A 5-year-old was also in the car. And we remember Damiah White, just 3, who was found murdered in her home during on Friday, August 23, 2013. Her and her mother’s murder remains unsolved. We await your call. There is no statute of limitations on murder.