Fundraiser to be held for six-year-old shooting victim

By Alan Collins

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - A Tuscaloosa fundraiser hopes to help a six-year-old shooting victim. Mezekiah Prewitt was shot in the back while sleeping on a coach shortly before Christmas. There were fears the boy would be paralyzed. His mother, Nicole Prewitt, says he is back home and attending school.

"He is fine, back to normal but not normal. He is riding his bike," Prewitt said. Prewitt says her son has to take multiple trips for physical therapy each week.

"He has a lot of therapy to go through. He is not fully recovered and his walking status--He can't use his ankle or bend his legs. Other than that he is fine," Prewitt said.

While Mezekiah survived the shooting, Jerry Carter of Tuscaloosa understands the pain of losing a son to violence. His 29-year-old son was killed two years ago. That's why he felt a need to organize a fundraiser for the Prewitt family.

"The county will come out unified and show support for the family not only financially, but support them spiritually. This is a community that cares about each other. We will not tolerate this," Carter said.

The fundraiser is set for 6 p.m. Saturday at the St. John Missionary Baptist Church. Sponsors of the fundraiser here in Tuscaloosa are hoping that out of this violent act something positive will come to light.

"It's all because of people coming together. They understand the pain and passion. This could have happened to anybody,"Paul Sanders, President of the Tuscaloosa County Interministerial Alliance, said.

Shawn Foster,19, remains in the Tuscaloosa County Jail accused of shooting Mezekiah and an Alabama State Trooper.

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