NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A local church surprised the family of Keon Malone on Sunday, building them a new backyard playground and gifting them a car.
Malone is the 11-year-old boy who was shot in the head when he was caught in the crossfire of a gunfight while standing outside a home on Fern Avenue in March.
He has faced a prolonged recovery due to brain damage and has had to relearn basic tasks like talking, walking and writing.
Dozens of members of Cross Point Church surprised Keon and his grandmother Brenda Hawkins at her home in Bordeaux early Saturday morning.
Pete Wilson, a pastor with Cross Point Church, said “Every once in a while these kind of stories kind of land on your radar. They’re the kind of stories, you just can’t shake them. You just can’t stop thinking about them, and they’re really the kind of people that we thought really deserved some extra love and kindness.“
Hawkins has cared for and had custody of Keon throughout this recovery. Two months ago she told News 2 she wrecked her car leaving one of Keon’s appointments and has been unable to drive it since then. The family was gifted a navy Dodge Durango that had recently been donated to the church.
As for Keon’s recovery, Hawkins told News 2 that he has “good days and bad days.” She said he’s being homeschooled now but hopes to rejoin his classmates in December.