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Cumberland Boy Injured In Shooting Struggles With Recovery

Posted November 21, 2002

— A 12-year-old boy who was shot when he was in the wrong place at the wrong time has taken a turn for the worse. Anthony Parker was shot on the porch of a neighbor's home last month. His family continues to hold out hope he will pull through.

Delshari Phillips said it has been a rough three weeks for her family. Her 12-year-old brother, Anthony, and his neighbor, JaCrystal Fenwick, were shot on Halloween. Fenwick died from her injuries. Parker remains in the hospital, struggling to recover from shoulder and chest wounds. Deputies say the victims were not the intended targets.

Doctors said Parker was doing well, even sitting up on his own, but then last week, he suffered a setback. Doctors had to revive him. Earlier this week, his lung collapsed.

"We were hoping by Thanksgiving he could eat a little, but then he took a turn for the worst and all we could do is pray," Phillips said.

Fenwick's uncle, Dominick Johnson, is charged with the shootings. Anthony's sister says there is no hatred for Johnson, just hope for Anthony.

"He's going to pull through. He's strong," Phillips said.

Parker's family has promised him if he gets better, he can spend all the time he wants playing video games. Parker is a student at South View Middle School. His classmates plan to produce a get-well video for him as soon as he is well enough to watch it.


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