A Louisville mother started a nonprofit to help young kids after her own son was shot and killed earlier this month.Friday, Aug. 7 is when Montoya Ware’s life changed forever.”I lost it, I lost it. I think I screamed for about 20 minutes,” said Jonah’s mother, Montoya.Her pride and joy, her 19-year-old son Jonah, was found shot to death at the intersection of South 43rd and Garland Avenue in West Louisville.”I’m in Atlanta, Georgia and my son is in Louisville, Kentucky — six hours away and not in arm’s length,” Ware told WLKY.Ware was an up and coming music artist and his mother said he had the “it” factor from a young age.”He was playing the piano at 2 years old. I’m talking about playing the piano,” she said.But his life was more than just rapping. He advocated against gun violence and sought to help those younger than him find a better way in life. It’s one of the things his family remembers the most.”I would come home some days from work, and I would say whose child is this and he said ‘mom, he just needs somewhere that he feels safe,'” said Ware.During this family’s grieving process they said they cannot allow this 19-year-old’s legacy to die. It’s what prompted the Jonah Ware Foundation.”He wanted to change the world, that was his exact words – I want to change the world,” Ware told WLKY.The foundation ultimately wants to be a safe haven for children, providing them and their parents adequate resources: from mentoring to life skills,including how to fill out a job application.”We’re giving them that support that they need, we’re giving the resources not just to the children but to the parents as well. We’re holding everyone accountable,” explained Tiffany Duncan, who’s a partner in the nonprofit.”Our foundation wants to change the way the youth thinks today, we want to reprogram their mindsets. We want them to know that there is love out here,” said Ware.No arrests have been made in Ware’s case, but his mother believes police are getting close.

A Louisville mother started a nonprofit to help young kids after her own son was shot and killed earlier this month.

Friday, Aug. 7 is when Montoya Ware’s life changed forever.

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“I lost it, I lost it. I think I screamed for about 20 minutes,” said Jonah’s mother, Montoya.

Her pride and joy, her 19-year-old son Jonah, was found shot to death at the intersection of South 43rd and Garland Avenue in West Louisville.

“I’m in Atlanta, Georgia and my son is in Louisville, Kentucky — six hours away and not in arm’s length,” Ware told WLKY.

Ware was an up and coming music artist and his mother said he had the “it” factor from a young age.

“He was playing the piano at 2 years old. I’m talking about playing the piano,” she said.

But his life was more than just rapping. He advocated against gun violence and sought to help those younger than him find a better way in life. It’s one of the things his family remembers the most.

“I would come home some days from work, and I would say whose child is this and he said ‘mom, he just needs somewhere that he feels safe,'” said Ware.

During this family’s grieving process they said they cannot allow this 19-year-old’s legacy to die. It’s what prompted the Jonah Ware Foundation.

“He wanted to change the world, that was his exact words – I want to change the world,” Ware told WLKY.

The foundation ultimately wants to be a safe haven for children, providing them and their parents adequate resources: from mentoring to life skills,including how to fill out a job application.

“We’re giving them that support that they need, we’re giving the resources not just to the children but to the parents as well. We’re holding everyone accountable,” explained Tiffany Duncan, who’s a partner in the nonprofit.

“Our foundation wants to change the way the youth thinks today, we want to reprogram their mindsets. We want them to know that there is love out here,” said Ware.

No arrests have been made in Ware’s case, but his mother believes police are getting close.

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