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$17K donation given to Troy child paralyzed after shooting

TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — The family of the child shot in the back in Troy in March has received another large donation from the community.

Troy City Council Pres. Carmella Mantello tweeted a photo Wednesday night that said she visited MJ Rivera and the family via FaceTime. A $17,000 donation was presented to the family to help them with ongoing expenses.

A moving moment this evening visiting via FaceTime w/ 12 year-old MJ who was hit in the back by a drive by shooting one month ago #troyny Howard from Iron Works & I presented a $17k check from the people of Troy to MJ!! We love you buddy and are praying for you! #troystrong pic.twitter.com/gs7pJ8GC3R

— Carmella Mantello (@CMantello) April 7, 2021

The 12-year-old was shot in the back on March 8 while sweeping and mopping the floors in the living room when a bullet came flying through their front window. MJ’s mother told NEWS10 her child is paralyzed from the waist down.