Agence France-PresseFebruary 27, 2013 00:46
In 1998, Ismael Watkins was walking down a street when a bullet hit him in the neck. He never took another step.
Today, the 33-year-old relies on a wheelchair to get around and still remembers those life-changing moments as if they had happened yesterday.
"I heard the shot, it hit my neck, another grazed my neck," Watkins told AFP, sharing how, at age 18, he had just become a father when his fate took a turn for the worse.
Watkins' story is by no means unique. Every year, hundreds of young African Americans are wounded or killed by weapons in the United States.