Boy, 9, snuggles up to big brother and dies after being shot

KANSAS CITY, MO (WCMH) — When a gunman opened fire at a home in Kansas City, Saturday, Jayden Ugwuh, 9, and his cousin Montell Ross, 8, were shot and killed.

“He was going to change the world. They don’t know what they took from this earth,” Jayden’s dad Jayson Ugwuh told WDAF.

Jayson says Jayden, who believed in super heroes, became one when the gunfire began because he went back to save his cousin. That’s when Jayden was shot.

“Didn’t even cry, just got hit and ran and laid up under his big brother, you know. Like he knew exactly where to go for comfort, you know what I’m saying,” says Jayson.

After being shot, Jayden made his way to his older brother, Jayson Jr’s, room. Jayden snuggled up to his big brother and died.

Jayson Jr. says he slept through the shooting. When he woke up he saw Jayden’s eyes open, but it was clear he was no longer there.

“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? How do I teach my son to cope with that when I can barely cope with it,” Jayson told WDAF.

Police continue to investigate the shooting and there’s no information on a possible motive. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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