Paralyzed shooting victim: ‘God is good!’

Woman shot outside funeral repast for stepgrandson, killed in separate shooting

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Teresa Robinson at a Grand Rapids rehabilitation facility on Nov. 15, 2016.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The 52-year-old woman shot outside a memorial service for her stepgrandson says she has a lot to be thankful for despite the fact that she was paralyzed.

On Oct. 20, Teresa Robinson was attending a repast following the funeral for 21-year-old Juwan Boykin, who was shot and killed at a party along 28th Street earlier that month. Robinson was leaving the repast shortly after 7 p.m. when someone started shooting.

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Grand Rapids police at the scene of a shooting along Eastern Avenue near Baxter Street SE. (Oct. 20, 2016)

“Next thing I knew, I couldn’t feel my legs,” she describes during a Tuesday interview with 24 Hour News 8. “And then I just heard shooting, shooting.”

Robinson has undergone extensive treatment since then. The bullet that wounded her remains lodged in her spinal column. She is paralyzed below the chest.

Police have said that they suspect the shooting that wounded her is connected to the shooting that killed Boykin and also wounded eight others. Robinson and her family think it was gang-related violence.

“People are getting hurt that have nothing to do with whatever was going on,” Robinson said. “We’re paying the consequences. I have to start my life all over again for something I don’t even know nothing about.”

Robinson is concerned about what she’ll do next. Her home is a second-floor apartment that is not wheelchair accessible.

“I don’t know what I’m going to do. I don’t even know if I still have a job,” Robinson said. “I definitely need some kind of help.”

The family has set up a GoFundMe account to assist Robinson. As of early Tuesday evening, the fund had raised just $245.

Robinson hopes what happened to her serves as a wake-up call for those participating in street violence.

Police continue to search for the shooter responsible for Robinson’s injury and the 28th Street shooting. Robinson said she wants the perpetrators to be brought to justice though she has no idea who they are or how they got away from the scene.

First and foremost, she is focused on making the best recovery she can.

“I am so proud of myself that I’m doing as well as I am,” she said. “God is good.”

Anyone with information about either shooting is asked to call GRPD at 616.456.3400 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.