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Child issues passionate plea to Kansas City mayor to end violence

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Montrail Ross lost his brother in a shooting two months ago. Now, he's written a letter to the mayor asking him to stop gun violence in the city. (KCTV) Montrail Ross lost his brother in a shooting two months ago. Now, he's written a letter to the mayor asking him to stop gun violence in the city. (KCTV)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

“Dear Mayor Sly James... Can you make the world a better place? Can you stop the gun shooting?"

Those are the words of Montrail Ross, a boy who lost his brother, Montell Ross, in a shooting two months ago. This week, Montell would have turned 9 years old.

Montrail’s mother, Aisha Coppage, said he has taken the loss especially hard.

Coppage and her family had brought balloons and party supplies to Montell’s gravesite. The next day, Aisha heard about the heartbreaking letter from Montrail's teacher.

“I was really amazed,” she said. “He had never expressed himself about the tragedy or gun violence. I was more amazed than anything and proud.”

Montrail wrote a letter to Mayor Sly James as a class assignment, deciding to ask him to put an end to violence in Kansas City.

Coppage and her son hope the letter reaches the mayor and Montrail Hopes he'll answer. The mayor was out of town on Friday, but KCTV5 sent his office a copy of the letter.

Coppage is sharing the letter online because she wants as many people to see it as possible. “I thought it was important that our city see how my son felt,” she said.

Coppage's family is still searching for answers. After two months of investigating, Kansas City police have not named a suspect in the shooting.

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