Dad lives for football. His dream of becoming a pro took him to the other side of the world, from Senegal to Chicago.
“It’s something that I miss on the inside,” he said. “I would wake up everyday, go to workout, see myself going pro one day and it fell apart on May 28.”
On Friday Memorial Day weekend, Dad said he activated his Lyft app for a few hours of driving to earn some cash for his next family visit to Africa. Dad said he picked up a passenger in the southern outskirts of County Club Hills, but something went wrong about half an hour after the ride began.
“He told me to stay straight and I continued straight ahead, then we came to the intersection,” recalls Dad. “He asked me to turn around.
From the back seat, he said the passenger had become enraged and overheated.
“I said to him, ‘Please get out of my car and call another Lyft’, so when he got out, that’s when he shot me,” he said. -he declares. “I haven’t seen him at all. I just remember I couldn’t feel my legs anymore.”
Dreams of professional football and family sprang up in Daddy’s head.
“When I was in the ambulance, that’s when I started asking the question, ‘Am I going to die tonight?’” He said.
He is not dead. The Chicago State University football player spent six weeks in hospital and several more in rehab. Two to three times a week, he tries to learn to walk again. In a way, however, he’s not angry.
“Yeah, it’s really hard. It’s not easy. You have to fight,” Papa said. “I used to get out of bed and do everything on my own, but now I sometimes have to call my mom to help me get out and back out of bed.”
Country Club Hills Police are still investigating the carpool shooting. Dad knows the name of the passenger who shot him, but he’s still there without charge.
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