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High school basketball star loses leg in shooting hours after accepting athletic scholarship

High school basketball star loses leg in shooting hours after accepting athletic scholarship
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JULIE: THIS BENSON HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL STAR IS IN CRITICAL CONDITION, NEARLY TWO WEEKS AFTER THE SHOOTING THAT CLAIMED ONE OF HIS LEGS. GOOD EVENING. I'M JULIE CORNELL. SOMEONE SHOT 17-YEAR-OLD KESHON HENDERSON NEAR 42ND AND SPRAGUE. THAT WAS THE NIGHT OF SEPTEMBER 23. KETV NEWSWATCH 7’S DALAUN DILLARD SPOKE EXCLUSIVELY WITH THE TEEN’S MOTHER TONIGHT, DALAUN. DALAUN: THE POINT GUARD WAS PREPARED TO PLAY BASKETBALL AT THE NEXT LEVEL BUT NOW THE 17-YEAR-OLD IS FIGHTING FOR HIS LIFE. BENSON HIGH SENIOR KESHON HENDERSON JUST ACCEPTED A FULL RIDE SCHOLARSHIP TO A COLLEGE IN ILLINOIS. >> HE’S BEEN ON VARSITY BASKETBALL TEAM WITH BENSON HIGH EVER SINCE HE WAS A FRESHMAN. DALAUN: BUT THE NIGHT AFTER HER SON SIGNED WITH JUDSON UNIVERSITY, HIS LIFE CHANGED. TINA: I GOT A CALL THAT MY SON’S CAR WAS TAPED OFF, ABOUT 9:30. AND I WENT TO THE SCENE AND SAW THE CAR, BUT MY SON WAS NOT THERE. DALAUN: HOURS LATER, SHE FOUND OUT HER SON WAS IN SURGERY. HE’D BEEN ROBBED AND SHOT SEVERAL TIMES NEAR 42ND AND SPRAGUE. >> THERE WAS A BULLET THAT WENT FROM THE TOP OF THE, LIKE THE BOTTOM OF THE LUNG, INTO THE LEG. DALAUN: DOCTORS HAD TO AMPUTATE HIS RIGHT LEG. AND DUE TO COMPLICATIONS, THE 17-YEAR-OLD IS NOW IN A COMA. TINA: THEY DON'T KNOW IF HE’LL BE BACK RESTORED TO HIS SAME MENTAL STATE WHEN HE DOES BECAUSE HE HAS SOME BRAIN CELLS THAT HE KIND OF LOST IN THE SWELLING. JUARQUATE: THIS IS A GOOD KID, YOU KNOW DID NOT DESERVE ANY OF , THIS. YOU NEVER WOULD THINK, YOU KNOW, THAT IT WOULD HAPPEN TO YOU. DALAUN: HENDERSON CARRIES A SLEW OF ACCOLADES ON THE COURT AND MOST IMPORTANTLY IN THE CLASSROOM. >> I WOULD HAVE JUST NEVER THOUGHT HIM. HE’S ONE OF THE KIDS WHERE YOU DON'T HAVE TO CORRECT A LOT. ALEXANDRA: NOW HIS CLASSMATES, TEACHERS AND COACHES ARE COVERING HIM WITH PRAYERS AND LOVE WHILE HIS FAMILY FIGHTS TO STAY STRONG. TINA: IF I'M ALWAYS WEAK, I CAN'T GIVE HIM ANY STRENGTH WHEN I GO IN THERE TO THE SIDE OF HIS BED TO TALK TO HIM, SO I’M TRYING TO REMAIN HOPEFUL. DALAUN: HIS MOTHER SAYS THE SUSPECTS WHO ROBBED AND SHOT HER SON WERE ARRESTED. WE ARE STILL WAITING TO GET INFORMATION CONFIRMED OPD. HIS FAMILY HIS A GO FUND ME
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High school basketball star loses leg in shooting hours after accepting athletic scholarship
High school senior KeShon Henderson was well on his way to a college basketball career. Two weeks ago, the point guard accepted a full-ride scholarship to play basketball at Judson University in Elgin, Illinois. Henderson's mother says her son's life changed the night after he signed with Judson. “I got a call that my son’s car was taped off, at about 9:30 p.m.,” Tina Henderson said. “I went to the scene and saw the car, but my son was not there.”Nearly three hours after the shooting Henderson found out her son was in surgery. She says he‘d been robbed and shot several times near 42nd and Sprague."There was a bullet that went from the bottom of his lung into the leg. It was just one bullet that did that," Henderson said. "The other one went straight through each side."Ultimately, doctors amputated the 17-year-old's leg. Henderson's mother says her son is in a coma due to complications."About four days in, they noticed that the leg was not getting any flow and circulation and it was discolored, the next day the leg lost its warmness and it became cold and they say it had to be amputated," Henderson said."This is a good kid, he did not deserve any of this," said KeShon's aunt, Juarquate Brown. "He did not deserve any of this, you never would think it would happen to you. He always had a ball in his hand, so this one right here is really tough." Henderson carries a slew of accolades, on the court and most importantly in the classroom. Several of his academic honor roll certificates sat on display Sunday in his mother's living room, in addition to his athletic awards. "I just never thought , he's one of the kids where you don't have to correct a lot," said his mother. "He's not a kid that's in the streets at all, his whole life was basketball."Now, KeShon's classmates, teachers and coaches are covering him with prayers and love, while his family fights to stay strong."If I'm always weak, I can't give him any strength when I go in there to the side of his bed to talk to him," Henderson said. "So I'm trying to remain hopeful."Henderson says the suspects who robbed and shot her son have been arrested. We're still waiting for Omaha Police to confirm that information.KeShon's family has a GoFundMe account set up to assist in his medical expenses. Click here to donate.

High school senior KeShon Henderson was well on his way to a college basketball career.

Two weeks ago, the point guard accepted a full-ride scholarship to play basketball at Judson University in Elgin, Illinois. Henderson's mother says her son's life changed the night after he signed with Judson.

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“I got a call that my son’s car was taped off, at about 9:30 p.m.,” Tina Henderson said. “I went to the scene and saw the car, but my son was not there.”

Nearly three hours after the shooting Henderson found out her son was in surgery. She says he‘d been robbed and shot several times near 42nd and Sprague.

"There was a bullet that went from the bottom of his lung into the leg. It was just one bullet that did that," Henderson said. "The other one went straight through each side."

Ultimately, doctors amputated the 17-year-old's leg. Henderson's mother says her son is in a coma due to complications.

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"About four days in, they noticed that the leg was not getting any flow and circulation and it was discolored, the next day the leg lost its warmness and it became cold and they say it had to be amputated," Henderson said.

"This is a good kid, he did not deserve any of this," said KeShon's aunt, Juarquate Brown. "He did not deserve any of this, you never would think it would happen to you. He always had a ball in his hand, so this one right here is really tough."

Henderson carries a slew of accolades, on the court and most importantly in the classroom. Several of his academic honor roll certificates sat on display Sunday in his mother's living room, in addition to his athletic awards.

"I just never thought [KeShon], he's one of the kids where you don't have to correct a lot," said his mother. "He's not a kid that's in the streets at all, his whole life was basketball."

Now, KeShon's classmates, teachers and coaches are covering him with prayers and love, while his family fights to stay strong.

"If I'm always weak, I can't give him any strength when I go in there to the side of his bed to talk to him," Henderson said. "So I'm trying to remain hopeful."

Henderson says the suspects who robbed and shot her son have been arrested. We're still waiting for Omaha Police to confirm that information.

KeShon's family has a GoFundMe account set up to assist in his medical expenses. Click here to donate.