Paralyzed Palestinian Student Faces Struggle After Vermont Shooting

Hisham Awartani, one of three Palestinian college students, has been left paralyzed after being shot in Vermont last month. The incident occurred while they were visiting a relative in Burlington for Thanksgiving.

A gunman confronted them without speaking and fired at least four shots. The victims, aged 20, were speaking a mix of English and Arabic, and two were wearing Palestinian scarves. Awartani’s family has launched a GoFundMe campaign for his recovery, emphasizing his courage and resilience.

In an update, it was mentioned that Awartani has been released from the hospital and is on his way to a spinal injury rehabilitation center. The family expressed gratitude for the support received. The long-term prognosis is uncertain, and his family and friends are in awe of his determination, ABC News reported.

The victims, including Awartani, were students at Brown University, Haverford College, and Trinity University. They grew up together in the West Bank, attending the same Quaker school.

The suspect, Jason J. Eaton, 48, was arrested on Nov. 26, charged with three counts of attempted murder. He pleaded not guilty, and authorities are investigating the incident as a possible hate crime, According to the Associated Press.

The families of the victims have urged a thorough investigation, emphasizing the need to protect children and prevent such crimes from recurring. The shooting occurred amid rising tensions in the U.S. and the Middle East following the conflict between Israel and Hamas.

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