KCPD detectives lift spirits of 10-year old shooting victim

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The man charged with shooting a 10-year-old boy and killing his dad told a judge Friday he plans to make bond and get out of jail.             

Dontae Jefferson made his first appearance in court Friday morning. The judge set his bond at $500,000.

"He should've been held without bond just for the shear violence and viciousness of what he did this warrants (sic) that in my opinion but I'm not judge, jury or prosecutor,” Forest Tyson, his grandfather said.

Last Friday, two detectives Alane Booth and Robert Guffey members of the Kansas City Police Department’s homicide squad responded when a gunman shot and killed Ka’Vyea Curry and wounded his 10-year old son, Ka’Vyea Tyson.

“[Tyson] said to the officer 'is this what it feels like to die?' and he said 'oh no, you’re going to be fine buddy' he just kept encouraging him and tried to distract him with other conversations,'" Detective Booth said.

Detectives Booth and Guffey visited the Tyson at Children's Mercy; it’s a familiar place for Guffey whose son has been treated at the hospital.

Although she has no children of her own, booth tried to lift Tyson’s spirits.

At first she suggested to the boy's family a visit from a Chiefs player, but the Tyson isn't a sports fan.

"She's said that he's always been wanting a book about the presidents and so I was like 'I got that covered,'" Detective Booth said.

So they went shopping. "You just work a little bit harder, you know for that child it's true innocence," Detective Guffey said.

Their hours of the police work paid off, on Wednesday the detectives arrested 27-year-old Jefferson.

He faces six felony charges including first degree murder.

"The ultimate goal is to bring justice to those families," Detective Guffey said.

The detectives said that even though a suspect has been arrested, the investigation continues.

They encourage anyone with information regarding the shooting to call Kansas City Police or the Crimestoppers hotline.

Several dozens of family, friends and community organizers gather Friday evening across the street from the gas station where the shooting happened for a vigil to honor Curry.

Funeral services are set for Saturday at 11 a.m at the Duane E. Harvey Funeral Home.

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