Palestinian student paralyzed after shooting in Vermont

Hisham Awartani, one of the Palestinian college students shot in Vermont, is paralyzed from the chest down, and his family has initiated a GoFundMe campaign for support.

Hisham Awartani
Hisham Awartani. (File photo: Jordan News)
NEW YORK – In a statement to CNN, Elizabeth Price, Hisham Awartani's mother, revealed that the 20-year-old junior at Brown University, scheduled to be released from the hospital next week, has been paralyzed from the chest down after a bullet lodged in his spine. The family has set up a GoFundMe page to assist with rehabilitation costs and related expenses.اضافة اعلان

“We believe that Hisham will meet this challenge with the same determination I’ve witnessed this week,” Price stated. “The fund will help cover costs associated with his rehabilitation, air travel of his family, and expenses related to the adaptive needs of his new reality.”

Awartani, along with his friends Kinnan Abdalhamid of Haverford College and Tahseen Ali Ahmad of Trinity College, wereshot while on a walk in Burlington over Thanksgiving weekend. They were conversing in English and Arabic, wearing traditional Palestinian scarves, known as keffiyehs, during the attack, according to Burlington Police Chief Jon Murad.

The suspect, 48-year-old Jason J. Eaton, has been charged with three counts of attempted murder and pleaded not guilty. Authorities are investigating whether the incident was motivated by hate.

If the funds raised exceed Awartani's needs, the surplus will be directed to a fund supporting other vulnerable Palestinians, Price explained.

“We ask that you stand in solidarity with all those who ache knowing the natural conclusion of dehumanization of any people is hateful violence,” Price's statement reads.

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