Student of Palestinian American Shot in Vermont Paralysed from the Chest Down

Three college students who are Palestinian-American were shot and killed in Burlington, Vermont, last month. His family says that he is paralyzed from the chest down.

The college student Hisham Awartani was visiting his grandma over Thanksgiving when he and two childhood friends were shot without any reason or warning. They both got shot in the chest. Tahseen Ahmed, a student at Trinity College in Hartford, was also hit. Kinnan Abdalhamid, a student at Haverford College, was hit in the buttocks and was said to have minor injuries.

“We are thankful that all three will survive this attack, and Hisham’s friends are expected to make a full recovery,” the Awartani family said in an online appeal for money on Saturday to pay for medical bills and help with recovery. For Hisham, though, one of the bullets that hit him is stuck in his back and can’t move from the chest down. Elizabeth Price, Awartani’s mother, said last week that he probably would never walk again.

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She told NBC News, “He has what they call an incomplete spinal injury, which means that he can feel but not move the parts that are paralyzed right now.” “He is going to intensive rehab later this week, and we hope that will make things better for him.”

On November 25, the three 20-year-olds were walking down the street while speaking a mix of Arabic and English. Two of them were wearing keffiyehs, which are traditional Palestinian scarves, when they were struck by 48-year-old Jason Eaton. He was caught and told the police he wasn’t guilty of three counts of attempted murder.

Awartani chose to spend the holidays in the U.S. because his parents told him to. They thought he’d be safer here. The killing happened at a time when the world was tense because of the war between Israel and Hamas. It is being looked into as a hate crime. The request for money had almost reached its $900,000 goal by Sunday evening, with nearly $700,000.

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