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Homicide victim's mother asks for community support for the holidays

Posted at 9:58 PM, Dec 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-25 08:02:03-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The mother of a 25-year-old who died by gun violence in Grand Rapids is asking for community support to give his child a Christmas worth celebrating. Donations will also help other little ones in the family that are impacted by this death.

Mosi Birge died on September 25th. He was the father of 1-year-old son.

Family says he was paying his respects to a friend who had lost his grandmother. As he was visiting and sending his condolences when he was shot by someone in a car.

"He was a good guy. And I just feel like you know, being nice and he lost his life. And you know, I just think all the violence and all that stuff needs to stop. It really does because he was a good guy," said Trayna Birge, Mosi's mother.

Three months later, no one has been arrested in connection to his murder or the murder of the shooter's second victim, 55-year-old Marty Beal.

Because the family spent their money on Mosi's funeral, they are struggling to come up with money for gifts for the kids in the family. They are asking for any community donations for those who would like to give.

"[I want to] make them smile because really, ain't nobody really been smiling. Maybe I can throw some joy in there," said Trayna.

While no gift can bring Mosi back, she's hoping this year other parents will learn from her loss this Christmas.

"I just want every parent that has kids in the streets, like get your kids. Pray for your kids because when the streets take them, there ain't nothing you can do but remember them," said Trayna. "It’s time for people, for parents to wake up. This is not a game no more. There are too many kids dying. The kids aren’t even making it to be 30 years old. They’re young, and they’re dying."

If you would like to donate to the family, you can click HERE.

If you would like to drop off any individual toys, you can email, who will pass along contact information to the family.