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Shakiyl Smith was a 17-year-old hoping to one day play professional basketball when he attended a party in the early hours of Aug. 17, 2008. By the time he left, his basketball aspirations were gone. So was his ability to walk. A fight broke out at the party and as Smith and four friends drove away, someone opened fire on their car. Smith, sitting in the middle of the backseat, took a bullet to his neck. That quickly, his life as a quadriplegic began. Police never identified the shooter and Smith said he doesn’t know who the assailant is. Yet, he wants to find out.mith does not want revenge. He does not seek even justice. Rather, he hopes to reconcile with his shooter.
In trying to meet his shooter, Smith is working with Ulysses “Butch” Slaughter, an author and filmmaker he met through a community center earlier this year. They’ve dubbed their effort “The Lazarus Project” to reflect their belief that miracles — like Smith walking again — are possible. Come listen to this young man's compelling story. He can teach us a lesson in forgiveness. You need to listen to what he has to say it is a story that will touch your heart & soul.
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