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5-Year-Old Shooting Victim Gets Christmas Surprise He'll Never Forget

A five-year-old boy who has already been shot twice in his life got a Christmas surprise that he will never forget.

Kavan Collins is recovering from a gunshot wound that he sustained earlier this week, and a group of people decided to do something to make his Christmas a little brighter.

Collins received a bundle of gifts from numerous local DJ’s and other supporters, but even as he got his first look at his presents, his mom says that she has already received the best gift of all.

“I’m happy he’s alive for Christmas,” Dantignay Brashear said. “That’s the most important thing.”

Collins was injured Tuesday night when the gun he was handling accidentally went off, wounding his hand. He had also been shot last summer while walking in the 6400 block of South King Drive, suffering a gunshot wound to the face.

After the youngster’s injury, community activist Andrew Holmes was one of a group of organizers that helped corral gifts for Collins.

“They’re children and they’re supposed to be children, and we want to take away from so much negativity and to bring some smiles,” he said.

Collins’ mother says that he underwent surgery on Wednesday, and will visit doctors again next week.

“I’m thankful for what you guys have done for my son,” Brashear said. “(I’m) thankful for everyone and their concerns. We’re blessed.” 

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