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Community works to raise money for a wheelchair-accessible van for shooting victim

The Tupelo community continues to rally behind a family after a 12-year-old was shot in the neck.

Posted: Apr 17, 2018 2:40 PM
Updated: Apr 18, 2018 9:27 AM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - The Tupelo community continues to rally behind a family after a 12-year-old was shot in the neck.

Now in a wheelchair, the family is in need of a wheelchair-accessible van.

However, the price tag is about $30,000.

Ke'Shun Vasser is your typical 12-year-old. He loves football and video games.

His mother, Teetta Vasser takes pride in describing her son's personality.

"Ke'Shun is outgoing, very smart, he's caring, God fearing, just all around a great kid," she said.

Life for this single parent and her son changed after he was shot last fall in Tupelo.

"Ke'Shun is not able to be in his room. I had to make the living room his bedroom for now until we can get a bigger apartment or handicapped-accessible apartment."

A van would allow the family to plan outings.

Right now, the family depends on the Medicaid transportation bus to take her son to weekly rehab.

That's where the social club, Devestating Southern Bellez comes in.

Chiquita Bobo met Ke'Shun last year at Milam Elementary, and although Ke'Shun is a student at Tupelo Middle School, staff say he will always be a Milam Ripple.

"I've been taught in church, what comes from the heart reaches the heart and this is something that touched my heart. I have a 14-year-old son. In today's society with everything that's going on, today is Teetta and Ke'Shun, tomorrow, it could be me," Bobo said.

Rain or shine, several local motorcycle organizations and social clubs are planning a benefit for Saturday, offering BBQ plates or fish plates for $7. Those organizations are covering the costs of the sides and one business is providing the meat.

"We want to give them as much as we can. No amount is too little. And no amount is too big," Bobo said.

This fundraiser is an answer to a prayer.

"I feel like some days I can't do this or this is just too much, but when I look at Keshun and see how he's keeping the faith and how he's positive, it motivates me to keep the faith," Vasser said.

The fundraiser will be held between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., Saturday, April 14.

Plates are available for pick-up from 105 Rankin Extended.

Runners will deliver orders to businesses when a minimum of three orders are placed.

You can call 662- 610-1375 to place an order.

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