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4 years after being shot and paralyzed, the St. Augustine student prepares to graduate

RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) — Four years after he was shot in the neck and paralyzed when someone shot a crowd, a Raleigh man is on the verge of celebrating a big win. He will graduate from St. Augustine’s University this weekend.

Howard Boone never imagined life as a college student like this.

Tasks, emails and research papers meticulously dictated into the phone strapped to the bed where he lies, paralyzed from the neck down. He needs a ventilator to breathe.

“I’ve lost the feeling… like I’ve lost everything. Everything I worked for just walked away,” Boone said.

Once a member of the Army Reserve, Boone jumped from airplanes and planned to rise through the ranks of the military.

Then, during a trip to South Carolina in 2018, someone started shooting into a crowd. Boone, an innocent bystander, was hit in the neck.

During his bedridden years, he’s found ways to deal with it and discovered he has a talent for writing poetry.

Many of his poems deal with the subject of gun violence.

“I just started writing whatever came to my mind,” Boone said. “It was almost like therapy.”

Although his dreams of a military career are no longer possible, he is not giving up on his future.

“I don’t think I’ve ever started anything that I haven’t finished,” he said.

As a result, he fought through frustration to make it to the end of his senior year at St. Augustine. Howard will be graduating from criminal justice this weekend.

He is still determining his next steps after graduation and may work in his criminal justice field or work at a nonprofit organization. He said he also hopes to get his poetry published.

https://www.cbs17.com/news/local-news/wake-county-news/4-years-after-being-shot-and-paralyzed-st-augustines-student-prepares-to-graduate/ 4 years after being shot and paralyzed, the St. Augustine student prepares to graduate

DUSTIN JONES

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