Lavell Jordan was only 14 when he
was the victim of a random shooting that nearly took his life.
"I remember EMS, and that's
it," describes Jordan.
Lavell was walking with his mom
near the 6800 block of Temple Avenue when suddenly a gunfight broke out between
a neighbor and two men in a van.
"I saw Lavell laying on the
concrete. I kept calling his name, and he wasn't responding,"
says Shauntee Barnes.
Lavell was shot in the
The 14-year-old, who was recognized by the Mayor because he was
such a good student survived, but was left paralyzed.
"I got to depend on people
to do stuff for me. It's hard because I don't like people doing stuff for
me," says Jordan.
Four years later, Lavell's mother
says this is really the first time he's talking about that fateful day and the
uphill battle he's had to climb since.
"It's been a struggle.
I committed myself to taking care of him as long as I have to. I don't
really go anywhere. I just stay at home in the house taking care of
him," says Barnes.
But this week is a time of
celebration. Lavell is about to graduate from Lincoln West High School, but
first he'll go to the prom. Lavell has big plans beyond this.
"Go to College and become a
music producer," adds Jordan.
There's a reason why Lavell and
his mom wanted us to do this follow up four years later - a message this now
18-year-old of few words has for everyone out there.
"To show my progress and
never giving up," says Jordan.
"Now to see him going to
prom and graduating, I feel like the two of us accomplished something,"
The two men responsible for
randomly shooting Jordan are now in prison. Artez Ladson got nine years;
Alton Williams got 12 – relatively light sentences compared to the challenges
Jordan will now face for the rest of his life.
Wednesday, July 30 2014 5:57 AM EDT2014-07-30 09:57:07 GMT
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