A high football school player who was hurt during a drive-by shooting in Cleveland has died, his mother confirmed to a local station.
The details of the cause of death were not confirmed by officials, Fox8 reported on Sunday.
Michael Chappman, 17, was sitting in a small park in Cleveland with a friend when a car drove by and someone inside opened fire, hitting them both. A bullet struck his throwing arm and torso.
“It went across my spine,” Michael, who was a quarterback at Ginn High in Cleveland, told Fox8 in a previous interview. “Like my whole body numb.”
He was hospitalized after the shooting, and doctors said they believed he would never walk again.
Michael, according to his family, was already “being scouted by colleges like Notre Dame and Bowling Green University.”
A GoFundMe was created for his family to deal with medical expenses and other relevant costs.
Michael’s mother, Neicey Bryant, who has been with the teen since he was shot, said that “I was basically in shock, because he had just left the house.” Her daughter, who was 14 at the time, was hit by a stray bullet in 2010.
“It shouldn’t be like that; we shouldn’t have to live like this,” Bryant said of the violence.
The shooting is still under investigation. The other person who was shot in the drive-by was not seriously hurt.