Fundraiser held for paralyzed boy

February 10, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
A benefit concert took place in Oakland to help raise money for 10-year-old Christopher Rodriguez. Christopher was shot by a robber's stray bullet in January and is now paralyzed from the waist down.

The Bay Area music community joined forces to throw a benefit concert for Christopher to help pay for his expenses from being paralyzed. The organizers say that they easily raised over $30,000 dollars with a huge turnout of Oakland residents.

Everyone was in a jovial mood, but Christopher still remains in the hospital until the end of the month.

"He's a great kid and his spirit is fantastic. Another thing he told me that brought tears to my eyes was 'daddy, how can I make this easier for you and mommy?" says Richard Rodriguez, victim's father.

"At a certainty level, I'm still in shock. This is even more shocking, but wonderfully. I think this is bringing people together who otherwise wouldn't," says Jennifer Rodriguez, victim's mother.

A 43-year-old man was arrested as police say he fired his gun off after a botched robbery. The incident prompted Senator Perata to hold a gun buyback program. There were so many people who showed up Saturday, police ran out of cash and had to issue IOUs.


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