Ray Villeda, NBC 5 News
The Duncanville High School football team is rallying behind 9th grader Storm Malone, raising money for his recovery after his was sidelined by family violence.
The Duncanville High School varsity football team is raising money for the recovery of a player sidelined by family violence.
Ninth-grader Storm Malone had been training to join the Duncanville freshman team this year before he was shot in an August attack that killed four people, including his mother and sister.
"He was shot in the shoulder, and it ricocheted up through the head. It left some of the left side paralyzed," said Duncanville football coach Jeff Dicus.
Since then, the 14-year-old has been recovering from his injuries and uses a wheelchair.
The team is asking every ticket buyer to donate at least $1 to Malone's expenses.
"He's now living with his grandmother, and she's taking upon herself to raise him, along with a lot of help from his aunt, so they're incurring a lot of costs we want to try to offset," said Cathy Self-Morgan, Duncanville athletic director.
During Friday night's matchup with Mansfield, Malone stepped up to take part in a coin toss for the matchup with Mansfield.
Doctors never expected it, telling his family Malone was only expected to live for three days. His aunt, Sheritha Smith, said the family was told he would never walk or talk if he pulled through.
"He's a miracle," she said.
Family members said Storm is recovering as best as can be hoped for but say every day is a challenge. They at first shielded him from the truth about the attack, but he now knows his mother and sister are dead.
"We deal with it every second; it's fresh," Smith said. "Every day is a new day, and we pray. He's doing great. He's living up to the name my sister gave him: Storm."
Tasmia Allen, 17, who would have been a Duncanville High School senior this year, was also killed in the attack.
Students held a memorial for her in August, and they've been raising money for Malone's recovery in other ways, too.
"We will continue to help the family," Self-Morgan said. "They've got a long road, and we're going to be right here with them because we're also in their family."
"He's a very bright and vibrant young man; he's a great character kid, so we just want to show our love and support and honor him tonight," Dicus said.
"With God in this hand and God in this hand and the love and support we're getting, it keeps us going," said Malone's grandmother, Lurlean Smith.
The family has also set up an account for donations. To donate to the Storm Malone Recovery Fund, stop by any Wells Fargo location.