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Hello, my name is Ronnie, and this is my story of March 7, 2015. This is a day I will never forget! I was at a friend’s house, sleeping in. My friend woke me up and told me to go home. He regrets waking me up that day. Well, I called my cousin. She came and picked me up from my friend’s house and took me home.

When I got home, I was chilling, watching YouTube videos with my older cousin. Well, our friend who lived across the street called me and asked me if I wanted to go out with him and if I wanted to ride to Walmart with him. Little did I know he got into a argument with his girlfriend, but I didn’t know. My cousin who I was talking to, I asked him, should I ride? He said no.

I’m hardheaded: I rode with him anyway. Well, we were riding, about to get on the highway, and a car pulled up on the passenger side and shot up the car. I got hit four times in my neck, my back, my arm and side. Code Blue four times. I’m paralyzed. Don’t give up.

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