RALEIGH, N.C. — A man who was shot earlier this month while defending his wife during a violent home invasion in Raleigh has been left paralyzed from the waist down.
The man — Jason — “has such a positive attitude even through he may never walk again,” said his friend, Debbie Caron.
Caron further described Jason as “a true hero” as he is “determined to do everything in his power to challenge his body to fight against the odds and walk.”
Jason and his wife reportedly woke up in the middle of the night on Jan. 7 to two masked men in their bedroom at their East Lane Street home in the city’s historic Oakwood district. The men allegedly demanded money before sexually assaulting Jason’s wife.
At some point during the attack, Jason’s wife was able to run away. Jason was reportedly shot after his wife escaped.
The suspects — who were later identified as brothers Jahaad Tariem Allah Marshall, 26, and Shabar Master Marshall, 16 — fled in a vehicle, but were arrested after they crashed at the intersection of Wilmington and Rush streets.
At Cornerstone Therapeutics where Jason is employed as a product development manager, friends and coworkers have created a Facebook page in an effort to keep everyone updated on Jason’s recovery. The group is also collecting donations to aid the couple in making their home and vehicles handicapped-accessible.
On Monday, the latest update from Jason was posted to the page:
“Hi everyone! On behalf of myself and Jess, thank you for the continued support.
“I’ve kicked off my second week of rehab and continue to make progress! Despite a bum pinkie (hurt in the incident), i’ll soon be moving to a manual chair. That should make zooming around the hospital much more fun (and provide some additional exercise).
It’s the small victories that are so meaningful – and your support that continues to move us upward.”