Faith Spoonemore, Ralph Yarl aunt, appeared on CBS News Evening News on Monday to discuss how her nephew has been recovering since the shooting.
Protests broke out and are demanding justice in Kansas City, Missouri, when a homeowner shot a black teenager, Ralph, twice when he answered their doorstep.
On April 13, Ralph Yarl, 16, was sent by his parents to pick up his siblings from a friend’s house, but he ended up at the wrong location.
According to the teen’s relatives and attorneys, Ralph was shot once in the head, breaking his skull and causing catastrophic traumatic brain damage. The homeowner then fired again, hitting Yarl in the upper right arm while the adolescent was still on the ground.
According to Father Paul Yarl, his son was released from the hospital on Sunday and is now recovering at home with his family.
Ralph keeps getting better, his father told the newspaper and added Yarl is responsive and moving forward well.
Meet Ralph Yarl Aunt Faith Spoonemore
In the CBS interview, Ralph Yarl aunt Faith Spoonemore became the face and talked about her nephew Yarl mentioning that he is progressing toward recovery and getting better daily.
Ralph Yarl aunt also cleared that her nephew is physically mobile and can walk alone. Ralph Yarl aunt was also happy to see Ralph move his arms.
Faith also stated a lot of the challenges would be experienced will not be of physical limits but will focus more on mental and emotional constraints as well as other issues related to living with a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury).
Ralph is quiet and clever, and his sense of humor is good as mentioned by Ralph Yarl aunt. She further stated that Yarl enjoys music, learning, and intellectually challenging activities.
Regarding the shooting, Ralph Yarl aunt mentioned that her nephew was a nice child and is not dangerous. Ralph Yarl aunt also claimed that Ralph wouldn’t hurt a fly.
As of Tuesday morning, the GoFundMe established by Ralph Yarl aunt Faith Spoonmore has amassed $2.66 million in donations to assist the family in covering the boy’s medical bills and other costs.
Spoonemore said that extra money will assist the 16-year-old in covering educational costs as well as the cost of a vacation to West Africa.
Ralph Yarl Shooting Case
According to his family, Ralph Yarl, a Black 16-year-old boy from Kansas City, Missouri, was told to pick up his younger twin brothers on Thursday night from a friend’s residence.
Nevertheless, Yarl misread the location and stood up in front of a residence on Northeast 115 Street rather than Northeast 115th Terrace.
Prosecutors claim that the white guy who opened the door there shot him twice, once in the head and once more in the arm after the boy collapsed.
Ralph managed to go to another adjacent residence while bleeding. According to his relatives, Yarl was instructed to lie on the ground there until assistance was requested.
Andrew D. Lester, 84, the homeowner who shot him, was detained by the police for 24 hours before being freed on Friday.
On Sunday, protesters marched toward Mr. Lester’s house while Stacey Graves, the police chief of Kansas City, recognized public annoyance during a news conference.
The Police Department said in a statement that it had handed the case file over to the Clay County prosecutor’s office as the pressure built on Monday afternoon.
A few hours later, Mr. Lester was publicly named by the prosecutor, Zachary Thompson, who also declared that the case had a racial element.
According to Mr. Thompson, Mr. Lester was accused of first-degree assault, a class-A felony, and if found guilty, would be sentenced to life in prison.
Andrew was also accused of engaging in armed criminal activity, which carries a possible 15-year jail sentence.