A family is grieving after a fire claimed the life of 31-year-old man following an early morning house fire on the city's east side.
Terrance Mosby Jr. was in the house in the 2800 block of East 54th Street shortly before 5:30 a.m. Monday when the fire broke out about 5:30 a.m.
The rapper was beloved by his family, and family was the center of the man's life. He was a youth leader at his church and an aspiring artist.
"Everybody loved T. He would just give you the shirt off his back," the victim's mother, Teresa Mosby, said.
Terrance Mosby was with his wife and two children, Selah, 9, and Zion, 5. His cousin and his wife's sister were also in the house.
His cousin awoke to flames and smoke. Relatives say he is a true hero because he first managed to get the two children out and their mother along with another friend in the house.
But Terrance Mosby was found inside the house. Investigators said he had succumbed to smoke and was pronounced dead when firefighters arrived.
Relatives said Terrance Mosby's wife is in serious condition and his cousin was treated for minor smoke inhalation.
The fire was called under control at 5:45 a.m. The cause of the fire has not yet been released.
Investigators said that there were no working smoke detectors.
Teresa Mosby said her grandsons were the center of her son's life.
"Those boys were his heart," the grieving mother said. "He had told me, 'If anything happens, take care of my boys.' His legacy will live through his kids."
DeShawn Miller, a childhood friend, is among the many mourning Terrance Mosby's death.
"People hear the name rapper, Kansas City rapper, and the first thing they associate with it must be in the streets, selling drugs, probably not a family man," Miller said, adding that could not be farther from the truth. "Today I feel like a big part of me is gone."
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