Family suffers tragic string of losses

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The victim of a deadly shooting near 66th Street and Olive Avenue in Kansas City, Mo., on Thursday is 34-year-old Antonious Davis, the family told FOX 4.

The loss of a loved one is tough, no matter the circumstances. But for this family, it’s been especially difficult.

antoniousThe Davis family is strong, but they have to be. It’s the story of one family’s struggle that began last July. A story that’s enough for most people’s lifetime.

“It’s a big loss for us again, but we’re gonna get through it, gonna get through it,” said Michael Davis.

“My uncle drowned at Smithville Lake. For this to happen so close to that anniversary, man. It again makes it tougher, too.”

The drowning was an accident and very difficult to deal with — but easier than what the family is dealing with now.

Michael’s son, Antonious, was gunned down in the street just before noon Thursday. It happened a few minutes after Michael saw him.

“My son had just stopped by here, dropped his son off. He took off. I was leaving to get some work done. Ten minutes later I get the call he was shot.”

The family quickly gathered at MIchael’s home, including Antonious’ five-year-old son.

“He just gave me a big hug and said, ‘I love you, pop’ in a big squeeze hug. He was trying to comfort me.”

Michael said it’s a lot to deal with, but between family and God, he thinks they’ll be OK.

“That’s how we’ve done it before and that’s how we’ll get through it now,” Michael told FOX 4. “We’re gonna trust God to get us through this, no matter how hard, how long it takes, that’s what we’re gonna do. This is a resilient family and this is a family that’s full of love, that’s how we’ll get through this.”

Michael said he has no idea why anyone would kill his son, but is hopeful someone will help ease his family’s pain.

“We’re hoping someone will come forward with some information that the police can use to find out who did this because it’s senseless.”

In between the drowning and Thursday’s shooting, the Davis family has also lost relatives to a car accident and illness.

Anyone with information should contact the TIPS hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

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