"He was just a kid!! Like all kids... trying to navigate through life's course.....when one is lost, we all lose!" -Dena Baker, OAA
16-year-old found dead on Interstate 20/59 was a young man with promise and loved mentee. Read more here: https://www.al.com/news/birmingham/2022/08/i-want-justice-birmingham-mom-grieves-16-year-old-son-shot-in-the-head-on-interstate.html
Ka'Vas Jemison, was a rising Junior at Jackson-Olin High School. He was a light, and loved to laugh and learn. He had such a bright future, that was cut short when found shot on July 23, 2022. We are deeply saddened by the loss of a young, black man who had so much to offer the world. We are asking for funds to help his mother with funeral expenses, and financial support as she mourns her child, and helps his siblings adjust to the loss. We appreciate any help that you give, and thank you in advance.
A message from his mother on the life of her son:
Ka’Vas Jemison began his life in West End where he lived most of his life from 2006 to 2018 when we moved to Fairfield, Al in the summer of May 2018. A short time later, he confessed his life to Christ at Miles Chapel (Rev. Dillard anointing). He attended bible study, morning worship, and youth worship. He was a pillar in his community and loved church and his family. Two years later, I decided to move to Pratt City, closer to my job, to save money to move out of the dangerous city life.
Shortly after the move, Ka’Vas met Dena Baker, coordinator of Heroes In Da Hood. He began his mentoring meetings with the alumni on Saturdays. He enjoyed his peers and meeting other young men, discussing fast cars and girls. The life he lived in Pratt City was one that too many of our youth face daily.
He began to be harassed at J.O. High School. I would often voice my concerns about my child’s situation to the point that I was asked in the earlier part of 2021 by a school authority figure, why I was trying to save my child and told snitches get ditches. My concerns were more frustrating than anticipated. He was placed in virtual learning, which I felt wasn’t fair, because my son loved school and made good grades. He also voiced his opinion about teachers being uninterested in teaching the students. Often times I would see questionable activity and felt it was time to remove my son. During the summer, he was given a four-year scholarship to attend a prestigious aviation school.
He just enjoyed life and was enjoying his summer before going away. But unfortunately, his life was cut short, way too soon, leaving myself, his mother, brother, and sister to grieve tremendously. There’s not a day that goes by I don’t cry because he will be greatly missed forever as long as my heart beats.
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