Several children were sleeping peacefully in their beds last Saturday in Kansas City, Mo., when a hail of mysterious gunfire reportedly came through the wall of their home, striking an 8-year-old and a 9-year-old while they slept.
Adding to the heartbreak of the devastating tragedy, the 9-year-old was not immediately killed by the gunshot wound. According to ABC News, after being shot, 9-year-old Jayden Ugwuh ran to the safest place he could think of: his brother.
Jayden’s 12-year-old brother Jayson Ugwuh Jr. was sleeping in his room when the gunshots came, and it sounds like the noise did not wake him. He woke up when he felt his 9-year-old brother wriggling into bed with him, and he was looking down into his little brother’s open eyes when he realized there was blood in the bed and his little brother was dead.
didn’t even cry, just got hit and ran and laid up under his big brother,” said Jayson Ugwuh Sr., the boys’ father. “Like he knew exactly where to go for comfort, you know what I’m saying?”
All those poor kids. How does a 12-year-old ever learn to cope with having seen something like that?
“I got to deal with that and still raise them but what can I say to him, cause he actually held him, he held his cold body, you know what I am saying?” their father said. “How do I teach my son to cope with that when I can barely cope with it.”
Jayden was sleeping in his room with his 8-year-old cousin, Montell Ross when the gunfire came. Montell died in his own bed.
Jayson Jr. has chosen not to talk to reporters about what he saw, but Jayden’s father told reporters that he always assumed that their home was one place where he could count on his kids being safe.
“He was in his safe spot, his home. This came to his home. So where else are you safe at if you are not safe where you sleep and wake up and eat. What can you do?” the bereaved father said to WDAF Kansas City.
Police are still looking for leads in the case. Nobody seems to know where the bullets came from or who might have been shooting at the house.
Cousins Jayden Ugwuh & Montell Ross started their new school year last week. Now they’re dead. Innocent victims of senseless gun violence.
— Kansas City Police (@kcpolice) August 16, 2016
The investigation is ongoing, and police have asked anybody with information on the boys’ murder to call their tips hotline.