Detroit police raise funds for injured girl

Candice Williams
The Detroit News

The Detroit Police Department held a fundraiser Thursday to raise money for a 7-year-old Detroit girl paralyzed during a drive-by shooting in September.

Proceeds from the fundraiser, held at Bonanza Lanes in Warren, will provide India Williams with Christmas gifts, food and help with her medical expenses, police said.

India was riding her bike about 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 14 near her home in the 20400 block of Charest when occupants of two speeding vehicles fired gunshots at each other. India was hit in the shoulder and chest and paralyzed from the waist down. She’s undergone four surgeries and receives extensive physical therapy.

“The incredible courage that India has shown throughout this entire tragic event, is far beyond what any child should ever have to endure,” police said in a statement. “Her strength and her resilience is an inspiration to us all and should serve as a reminder as to what is really important this holiday season.”

Last week, the Detroit officers who helped save India’s life were honored along with firefighters and EMS personnel at the Detroit Public Safety Foundation’s 2014 Above & Beyond ceremony. Officer Eric Pengelly held onto India as his partner sped toward Children’s Hospital. Pengelly was joined by officers Scott Moran and Radames Benitez, among others.

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