‘Buckets of tears’: mother of Black teen shot after going to wrong address speaks

The mother of Ralph Yarl, a Black teenager who was shot by a white man after ringing the man’s doorbell, says that her son has been mentally replaying the shooting “over and over”.

Cleo Nagbe says that her son is still facing physical challenges from last week’s attack, when Andrew Lester, a white Kansas City resident, shot Yarl twice, once in the head and once in the arm, after the 16-year-old went to a mistaken address to pick up his siblings.

In an interview on Tuesday with CBS Mornings, Nagbe said her son was still coping with the “residual effects” of being shot in the head. The bullet was not removed from Yarl for more than 12 hours, and the resulting injury may remain with her son “for quite a while”, she said.

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Nagbe added that Yarl communicates when he wants to, but “mostly he just sits there and stares and the buckets of tears just rolls down his eyes”.


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This article was written by Gloria Oladipo and originally published on www.theguardian.com