Community Rallies For Teen Victim Of Perry Hall HS Shooting; Family Speaks Out
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PERRY HALL, Md. (WJZ/AP)—As the victim of the Perry Hall school continues to recover, the community is coming together to support him and his family.
Monique Griego has more on the victim’s parents speaking out for the first time.
Daniel Borowy is still recovering at Shock Trauma. Earlier Friday his family spoke out about what they’re going through.
As the Perry Hall High School football team took to the field, parents and students packed into the stands. They came not only to cheer on the team, but to show support for Borowy, who was shot by a fellow student just days earlier.
“A lot of people [are]out there supporting Daniel, collecting money and just supporting our school,” said Kellie Boyd, student.
“We all come together and support each other,” said Renee Whiting, student.
On Monday– the first day of school –the 17-year-old was shot in the back in the cafeteria. Police identified the gunman as 15-year-old Robert Gladden. He’s now charged as adult with attempted murder.
Link: Charging Documents
After the shooting, police searched the home of Gladden’s stepfather and found 11 firearms. But the shotgun he’s accused of using in the shooting came from his father’s home.
Baltimore County police say Gladden knew about the cache of guns at his stepfather’s house but couldn’t get to them because they were locked in a safe. Instead, they say Gladden used an antique shotgun that he took from his father’s house “because it was the only weapon he could get.”
Borowy’s injuries include a bruised lung, a fractured rib and a hole the size of a dinner plate in his chest. He remains hospitalized at Shock Trauma.
His parents are speaking out for the first time.
Web Extra: Family Of Perry Hall High Shooting Victim Speaks Out
“I’m not trying to be forgiving. We’re hurting. My son is hurting,” said Milton Borowy, victim’s father.
Milton and Rosemary Borowy say their son is getting better but still critical.
“He’s scared, but he also hears what everybody tells him. It has to be done. They’re just trying to make him better so he can go home,” said Rosemary Borowy, victim’s mother.
The community is also struggling to come to grips with what happened.
“They really need prayer and strength as well because it really just ripples through so many people in the community,” said Dominic Correlli, local pastor.
For many people, being here together as a school is helping them cope.
“It’s going to start the healing process and let everyone understand things are going to be okay after this,” said Courtney Spahn, student.
The alleged shooter, Robert Gladden, has said through his lawyer that he only took the gun to school to scare people, and it went off accidentally.
Daniel’s parents say as far as what happens to the alleged shooter, they’ll leave that to the justice system.
The Perry Hall High School Alumni Association is collecting funds to help the Borowy family with medical expenses. To donate, click here.
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