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Jayden Ugwuh, 9-Year-Old Shooting Victim, Curled Up Beside Brother In Bed Before He Died

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A boy shot inside a Missouri home made a heartwrenching last move before he died — he curled up in bed beside his big brother.

Nine-year-old Jayden Ugwuh and his cousin, eight-year-old Montell Ross, died after at least 20 shots were fired at a Kansas City house early Saturday morning, according to The Kansas City Star.

A 16-year-old girl also suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

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Nine-year-old Jayden Ugwuh and his cousin, eight-year-old Montell Ross, died in the Saturday shooting. (Photo: WDAF/Screenshot)

Jayden's dad, Jayson Ugwuh, told Fox 4 that the boy woke up to gunshots and ran out of his room. When he saw that Montell wasn't behind him, he ran back in and then the two were hit.

Older brother Jayson Jr., 12, was asleep in another room at the time, and told the outlet that he felt Jayden cuddle up next to him in bed. When he looked at his brother, he could see that he was dead.

"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," said dad Jayson.

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A tear rolls down Jayson Ugwuh, Jr.'s face as his father talks about his little brother's death. (Photo: WDAF/Screenshot)

Montell and Jayden were scheduled to start their second week of school at Hogan Prep Academy. Grief counsellors arrived at the school Monday instead, according to KSHB.

“Tell them please to turn themselves in, because they have destroyed us."

The boys' aunt Nicole Hayes told KSHB she heard the news and prayed she wasn't related to the victims.

"I was like I hope it wasn't nobody in my family and then when I got the call I was like, I just started crying," she said.

Police haven't released a possible motive for the shooting, but a witness told The Kansas City Star he saw two men, one in a white T-shirt and black sweatpants, run out of the house. They then sped off in a pickup truck.

Ross' grandmother, Ira Ross, told the newspaper the whole family is hurting over the death of their "baby boy."

“Tell them please to turn themselves in, because they have destroyed us,” she said.

You can see more on the story in the video above.

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