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Wake 7-year-old hit by arrow fights for life

Posted March 15, 2015
Updated March 16, 2015

— A 7-year-old boy remained in critical condition Monday, a day after he was struck in the neck by an arrow.

Wake County Sheriff's Office deputies said Daniel Velazquez's 11-year-old brother shot the arrow that hit him outside their home at 1110 Swift Creek Lane at about 12:45 p.m. Sunday.

Daniel, a second-grader at Ballentine Elementary School in Fuquay-Varina, was in the pediatric intensive care unit at WakeMed in Raleigh.

In a frantic call to 911, someone at his home begged for paramedics to get there as soon as possible.

"His body is swelling up," the caller told a 911 dispatcher. "He's swelling up right now, really bad."

Daniel's mother told WRAL News by text message that the family needs as many prayers as possible for the two boys.

Deputies say the case remains under investigation.


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  • Jack Miller Mar 16, 2015
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    Bring back Lawn Darts! Much safer alternative than bow and arrows.

  • Jim Buchanan Mar 16, 2015
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    Nothing else to report on?

  • Elisabeth Stevens Mar 15, 2015
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    Hope they both recover.

  • Mark Farmer Mar 15, 2015
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    I would think that he will have to live with this the rest of his life more so if his brother dies.

    So was the kid Unsupervised?

    It is hard for me to believe that recently they are allowing young children to run around with BB guns.