Local elementary school raises money for child shot in neck

12-year-old Keshun Vasser was shot by an 11-year-old in September.

Posted: Dec. 12, 2017 10:45 PM
Updated: Dec. 13, 2017 12:24 AM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - 12-year-old Keshun Vasser was shot by an 11-year-old in September.

He has been in recovery since.

"A lot of nights I cried," Keshun's mother Teeta Vasser said.  "But I know he can get a lot of his independence back."

Rankin Elementary School hosted a fundraiser Tuesday night to raise money for Keshun and his family.

Keshun was in Le Bonheur hospital and was later taken to a rehabilitation facility in New Orleans.

His mother is unemployed because she has been at Keyshun's bedside every step of the way.

She said Keshun is an "A" student and was on the football team before he was shot.

"He is just so sweet and just so smart, just an all around great kid," Keshun's former teacher Sherry Willis said.

Willis organized the fundraiser and said it's also a great way for kids to understand the meaning of giving back.

Keshun's family said the last couple of months has been tough but has been filled with progression.

A doctor told them Keshun would be quadriplegic.

"Two weeks after that he started moving his arms so we know what God can do and what he will continue to do," Keshun's cousin Felicia Brown said.

Keshun returned to Tupelo Sunday and will be finishing school from home.

He will have to go to physical therapy several times a week.

"We are using some of the money to buy him a wheelchair lift so he can get around," Rankin students said.

Students and staff are hoping Keshun continues to gain strength in his arms and his legs and hopes he will be back in school and back on the football field in no time.

You can purchase the pottery items and small gifts at Rankin Elementary school throughout the rest of the week.

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