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Mother of murdered Hayti man speaks out

Investigators say Phelps was recently granted custody of his five year old son that he shared with Heather Cummings, and that she was not happy about the recent custody arrangements. Investigators say Phelps was recently granted custody of his five year old son that he shared with Heather Cummings, and that she was not happy about the recent custody arrangements.
PEMISCOT COUNTY, MO (KFVS) -

Kathy Skelton is going through something that no parent should ever have to go through.

Skelton is the mother of David L. "Tray" Phelps. Phelps was murdered on Sept. 24.

Since her son's murder she said nothing has been the same.

Skelton said she misses the little things and wishes people knew who the real Tray was. 

"He had a smile that could light up a room," Skelton said. "Not seeing that smile anymore is I think the hardest part. I see it in his son and that helps."

Investigators say Phelps was recently granted custody of his five-year-old son which he shared with Heather Cummings. Cummings was allegedly not happy about custody arrangements.

Skelton and her husband currently have temporary custody of Tray's son and are seeking full custody.

"He was just the best dad, the best son," Skelton said. "He just loved family. He loved life. He had a great future ahead of him and that was stolen."

The Skelton family hopes to help preserve Tray's memory through his son.

"We just want to make sure his son knows who he was and making sure he never forgets who his daddy was," Skelton said. "That's our biggest goal is he always knows who his daddy was and how great he was."

Cummings is the fifth person to be arrested for involvement in Tray's murder. She now sits behind bars with her mother, father and boyfriend, who were also charged in Phelps death.

"He didn't have to die at all," Skelton said. "He was just a man trying to make a living for his son and for his fiancée. He was killed in his driveway on his way to work."

Skelton said she thanks the Pemiscot Sheriff's Department for staying on the case to find answers and help bring justice to those involved.

Skelton also says she has seen so much support from the community and appreciates everyone's love and thoughts for Tray.

"I never knew how many lives he touched until he died. And then I saw," Skelton said. "He always made videos on Facebook because he liked to sing and liked to play guitar. And he was really good. And he touched a lot of people... and I wish he was still here."

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