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Edinburg Teenager Recovering One Year after Shooting

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Posted: Dec 12, 2012 6:56 PM

Updated: Dec 12, 2012 7:05 PM

EDINBURG - A teenager says he still feels pain from a bullet that struck him one year ago today outside Harwell Middle School in Edinburg.

Edson Amaro suffered serious injuries after a bullet ripped trough his stomach and liver while he played basketball outside the school. Another student, Nicholas Tijerina, also was shot. He was paralyzed from the waist down.

The shooting happened on Dec. 12, 2011. A target shooter fired in the direction of the school, police said. The shooter, Dustin Wesley, was charged with aggravated assault. He has yet to be tried for the shootings.

A year after the shooting, Amaro appears to have recovered fully. He now walks the hallways of Economedes High School. The pain, however, never left his body.

"Two days ago I had a pain in my liver," he said.

The pain and doctors' orders kept the teen from getting back on the basketball court. He can't play a contact sport for at least another year.

"Golf ... that's the only sport I can do," Amaro said. But he doesn't like golf.

Amaro doesn't think much about the day he was shot. He does think about his classmate.

"I want to talk to him," he said.

Tijerina goes to school in Houston. His family moved there so he could continue his rehabilitation.

Doctors gave Tijerina a 1 percent chance of ever walking again. The odds don't bother him.

"I know I'm going to walk again," he said.

Topics: edson amaro, shooting, dustin wesley

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