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Tyrek Marquez Fund Helps Boy Shot At West Indian Day Parade

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tyrekIn August 2008, 7-year-old Tyrek Marquez was shot in the head. He was an innocent bystander at Hartford’s West Indian Day Parade.

“Hearing gunshots, running, getting mixed in the cross fire. After that everybody just told me that I was gunned down on the floor, shaking, and there was no hope to be found,” Tyrek said.

Five years later, Tyrek is still fighting to get his life back to normal. He suffers from partial paralysis on the left side of his body, he has a limp and can barely use his left arm.

“It’s just driving me crazy because one of my goals is to make sure that this doesn’t happen to another child. That people will put down guns and we will become more educated on other things,” said the Rev. Henry Brown, a Hartford community leader.

Now, Tyrek’s mother is fighting to give him a second chance by sending him to a camp which could retrain him to use his left arm.

If you are interested in contributing to Tyrek’s journey, donations can be made to “The Tyrek Marquez Fund” at any Webster Bank location.

To learn more about the camp please visit

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