Kansas City Teen Who Was Shot After Knocking On Wrong Door Walks At Brain Injury Event

Watch Ralph Yarl, Victim Of Wrong Door Shooting, Walk At Brain Injury Event

Just weeks after being shot for knocking on the wrong door, 17-year-old Ralph Yari walked at a brain injury awareness event, the Associated Press reports.

Along with his family, friends and other brain injury survivors on Monday (May 29), Yarl walked in the Going the Distance for Brain Injury, which is an annual race held on Memorial Day at Loose Park in Kansas City, Missouri.

According to Robin Abramowitz, executive director of the Brain Injury Association of Kansas and Greater Kansas City, over 1,000 participants were involved in the race including many who wore “Team Ralph” tee shirts to show their solidarity.

Cleo Nagbe, Yarl’s mother, was grateful for the outpouring support for her son as he sheds light on his story and others who have survived various forms of brain trauma.

“It takes a community. It takes a family. It takes a support group, all of that,” Nagbe said ahead of the race, adding: “Let’s raise more awareness to stop the things that cause brain injuries and should not be causing them, especially gun violence.”

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“It’s important for Ralph to see that he is not alone,”said Yarl’s aunt, Faith Spoonmore. She also added that Yarl now suffers from debilitating migraines, struggles with his balance, and his emotional well-being has drastically changed in the aftermath of the tramattic shooting.

In April, Yarl was shot by Andrew Lester after going to the wrong address to pick up his younger brothers from a friend’s house. After the shooting, Yarl was hospitalized with serious injuries but is expected to make a full recovery.

On Monday, (April 17), following his surrender to the authorities, Prosecuting Attorney Zachary Thompson announced that Lester would be charged with first-degree assault and armed criminal action.

“I can tell you there was a racial component to this case,” Thompson said at the time.

The following day, he posted bail which was set at $200,000 and he was released with thex condition that he is not allowed to leave the state and surrender his passport and concealed carry permit.

At his arraignment, Lester pleaded not guilty to all charges levied against him and he’s due back in court on June 1. If convicted, he faces 10 to 30 years in prison.

To help with Yari’s mounting medical expenses, a GoFundMe page was set up. So far, it has raised over $3.4 million.

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