Ralph Jarl, a black teen who was shot in the head after accidentally ringing the wrong doorbell, joined a rally in Kansas City, Missouri, for brain injury awareness on Monday, local media reported.
Jarl, 17, suffered a serious injuryhis mother, Cleo Nagby, said in April while trying to pick up his younger siblings. The teen walked a few miles each day as part of his recovery, a CBS affiliate KCTV mentioned.
His mother joined him at the Brain Injury Association of Kansas and the Greater Kansas City Walk. Members of “Team Ralph” were decked out in bright green to honor the teen, according to KCTV.
“It’s such a joy to see this kind of support, and I pray that the support isn’t just for Ralph. I pray that support goes a long way for everyone in this situation — that’s my prayer,” Nagbe told KCTV.
After her son was shot,One doctor said the CT scan showed “just tiny fragments of the bullet in his brain”.
More than 21,000 individuals in Kansas were affected by a brain injury last year, according to the Brain Injury Association of Kansas and Greater Kansas City. The organization raises money for those dealing with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and their families.
“This is a family, a TBI family that nobody wants to be a part of, but when that happens, it’s good to know that there’s actually a great group of people who can deal with what you’re going through even if it’s a very unfortunate situation,” said Dr. Faith Spoonmore. Aunt Jarl, for KCTV.
The 84-year-old has been charged with shooting Jarl. Prosecutors announced on April 17 that he had been charged with two felonies. Lister pleaded not guilty during his arraignment on April 19.