Family of slain Kansas City boy remembers him on his birthday - KCTV5

Family of slain Kansas City boy remembers him on his birthday

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Montell Ross would have turned 9 years old on Monday.  Instead, family members are visiting his final resting place at Brooking Cemetery. (KCTV5) Montell Ross would have turned 9 years old on Monday. Instead, family members are visiting his final resting place at Brooking Cemetery. (KCTV5)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Montell Ross would have turned 9 years old on Monday.

Instead, family members are visiting his final resting place at Brooking Cemetery. 

Ross was shot and killed in the middle of the night while playing video games. His cousin Jayden Ugwah, 8, died in the same shooting. 

The loss of her son, Montell, pains Aishah Coppage every day.

On Monday, the family celebrated Ross' life. 

"I think it's important to celebrate, not just because of the birthday, but to let my other son know it's okay to keep celebrating this," Coppage said. "At first, I would just shake my head about this shooting or that. But once it hit home, it came to another level."

Coppage and her family are working with other families to raise money for a reward fund for information leading to a suspect in her child's murder. 

Montell and Jayden's families are planning a fundraiser for their reward fund this upcoming weekend in Raytown. 

"You have to push stop the violence and tell Kansas City, 'it's not OK,'" Coppage said.

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