The paralyzed boy in Highland Park finally gets to go home
The paralyzed boy in Highland Park finally gets to go home

The paralyzed boy in Highland Park finally gets to go home

After just over two months of agony and recovery, an 8-year-old boy paralyzed by a fatal shooting in Highland Park was finally able to go home.

Jason and Keely Roberts said they were “completely speechless” about how to describe the feeling of being reunited with their son Cooper.

Robert’s family photo

Jason and Keely Roberts pose with four of their six children, including their 8-year-old twins Luke and Cooper.

“There was a time, not long ago, when we desperately and fervently prayed that Cooper would live,” the Roberts wrote in a statement Thursday. “Having Cooper home and our family together is an incredible blessing.”

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Cooper plans to return to Braeside Elementary School in Highland Park, Illinois with his twin brother Luke, where the two can enjoy third grade together.

Cooper was at the Fourth of July parade in his hometown when a gunman opened fire on protesters and onlookers. The suspected shooter, Robert “Bobby” Crimo III, allegedly climbed onto the roof of a building and used a high-powered rifle to kill seven people and injure at least 38 others.

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Among the injured was Cooper, who suffered a severe spinal cord injury when a bullet entered the child’s back and exited through the chest, said his mother, who was also shot in two legs in a release from this summer.

The Roberts family said they are happy to have Cooper in their home, but explained that finding, renovating or building a new home that is wheelchair accessible and able to work for the family is a difficult transition.

Robert’s family photo

Eight-year-old Cooper Roberts was critically injured in the July 4, 2022, mass shooting in Highland Park, Illinois.

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Despite this, they said they are focusing on the good. Cooper, who has always loved sports, found a new sport – wheelchair tennis.

“Cooper is alive and well, and our sweet and adorable athletic little boy has decided he’s going to find new ways to exercise,” Roberts said in a statement. “We have no doubt that Cooper will be damn great at tennis … and whatever other sport he chooses to play. It will be different.”


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