Teen shot outside Grand Prairie YMCA

Teen shot outside Grand Prairie YMCA

There are 16 comments on the Fort Worth Star-Telegram story from May 27, 2008, titled Teen shot outside Grand Prairie YMCA. In it, Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that:

A 17-year-old was shot in the face Monday after a brawl involving as many as 20 people outside a YMCA that had just closed for the day, police said.

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concerned

United States

#1 May 27, 2008
I live in the neighborhood and heard the shots fired. I have lived here for 22 years. Our home was one of the first built in this area. Back then it was mostly woods and farm land. A GREAT place to raise children. Not so much now. Lately our neighborhood has begun to resemble areas in south Dallas and now it is beginning to sound like it too.
Stupidity

Irving, TX

#2 May 28, 2008
Having been in GP all my life (35 yrs now..) I have watched it decline slowly, but steadily, over the past 10 years... It seems to have doubled in its decline in the past year or so. I really don't understand it. Having a 17 yr old myself that attended SGP, I can tell you that parents are uninvolved in what goes on with their kids.(having had confrontations with some of them, I know this to be true!) There are some parents out there that are allowing YOUR kids to party at their homes!

I have seen the myspace pages for ALOT of them. Too many of them are posting pictures of themselves getting high and/or drunk, brandishing firearms, and openly professing gang affiliation.

Parents need to get involved.. Myspace is a GREAT place to start. Check out the kid AND their friends. Meet and greet the friend's parents. Not just once, keep in touch.

Raising kids is not easy now. Don't be afraid to randomly drug test them!
Pray for him

United States

#3 May 28, 2008
I know the young man who was shot, he was a good kid who didnt deserve it. I stay in grand prairie its not a bad place to live. Its just like any other place it has its ups and downs! You are all worried about the area but he and his parents are truely hurting right now. Please pray for him!!!
Bee

Mckinney, TX

#4 May 29, 2008
I know that young man that was shot. I am a close friend to his mother. He is truly a great kid and no kid deserve to get shot and that goes for anyone for that matter. We need to pray for his blessed heart and mother whom love him to no end. We also need to just pray for all of our kids who are out there trying to have fun and enjoy live but are blind sided by this world that have no problem harming or tragically taking someone else's life. We love you family and we are praying....
Curious

United States

#5 Jun 4, 2008
Has there been any updates on the young man shot in Grand Prairie? I have been searching for additional information as to his current status but have been unable to locate anything. I live about three blocks from the Y and was appalled when I heard about the shooting. I, for one, am losing hope in many of today's youth and their ignorant, uninvolved parents. Too many adults at my child's school are more concerned with being their children's buddies as opposed to being their parents. Very sad and very disturbing. Where does one move to get away from the gangbangers and the "thug life"?
concerned wrote:
I live in the neighborhood and heard the shots fired. I have lived here for 22 years. Our home was one of the first built in this area. Back then it was mostly woods and farm land. A GREAT place to raise children. Not so much now. Lately our neighborhood has begun to resemble areas in south Dallas and now it is beginning to sound like it too.
Update

Orange Park, FL

#6 Jun 6, 2008
he's still in ICU
Tinkerbell

Fort Worth, TX

#7 Jun 11, 2008
I new the young man that was shot. I remember the first day i met him at a football game he is so cute and sweet he didn't deserve to get shot nobody does. my best friend and her big brothers were really close to him 2. The day I found out that he was in the hospital i felt something that i have never felt before. I got a phone call from my best friend and she was crying her heart out just the fact that somebody would do that to him but there are some crazy people out there and they will pay what go around comes around. Everyday I think what if it was me. everybody was heart broken even ppl that didn't kno him were heart broken i am so happy that he is not dead and i just wanted him and his family that i am praying for them and they are in my heart
Robert

Hartland, WI

#8 Jun 11, 2008
I was born in Grand Prairie and it's not like the old days.

I think they should take this guy and shut him in the face with a 22
so it would kill him right away and let him know what it's like to get shot in the face. He is just another
scum that needs to be taking off the streets for good.
Brent

Grand Prairie, TX

#9 Jul 29, 2008
Update wrote:
he's still in ICU
Have they caught the low-life thug who did the shooting?
concern parent

United States

#10 Mar 25, 2009
Stupidity wrote:
Having been in GP all my life (35 yrs now..) I have watched it decline slowly, but steadily, over the past 10 years... It seems to have doubled in its decline in the past year or so. I really don't understand it. Having a 17 yr old myself that attended SGP, I can tell you that parents are uninvolved in what goes on with their kids.(having had confrontations with some of them, I know this to be true!) There are some parents out there that are allowing YOUR kids to party at their homes!
I have seen the myspace pages for ALOT of them. Too many of them are posting pictures of themselves getting high and/or drunk, brandishing firearms, and openly professing gang affiliation.
Parents need to get involved.. Myspace is a GREAT place to start. Check out the kid AND their friends. Meet and greet the friend's parents. Not just once, keep in touch.
Raising kids is not easy now. Don't be afraid to randomly drug test them!
Hi my son was there also a agood friend of the kid that got shot and how dare you say what you said, I knew my son was there playing b-ball and he or you or me can help what happen that day, I do drug test on my son Iget on his myspace,It wasnt a gang fight it was over a female and the wrong guy so its not about raising your kids when the guy is adult that did the shooting no facts before you speak on the issue please.
concerned

Dallas, TX

#11 Mar 31, 2009
Is this kid in high school or college? I hope the paramedics got there soon enough before he lost too much blood.
-1 too look 4

Grand Prairie, TX

#12 May 26, 2009
jr in highschool...hard practically lose n a brother

“I Believe in Christ”

Since: Nov 08

Salt Lake City, UT

#13 Jun 2, 2009
I was born and raised in Grand Prairie and used to go to that YMCA. Graduated from SGP in 2003, and I have to say that when I come back to visit my family, it is like visiting an entirely different city! I knew things were bad when I lived there (I witnessed kids in the back of class snorting cocaine and having sex in the wrestling room and Colosseum), but I'm amazed at how fast it has deteriorated since then. Parents ARE clueless! They were clueless when I went there! I am so grateful that my parents were "overly" involved (my opinion back then) because it kept me out of trouble. SGP had the second highest pregnancy rate in the COUNTRY when I went there! Get involved with your kids! Know where they are, what they are doing, search their rooms for drugs and weapons, call the cops when you find those things! I never even thought of doing anything wrong in high school because I knew my parents would make my life hell until I learned my lesson. Until your kid is 18 years old AND OUT OF YOUR HOUSE, YOU need to be in control. As long as they live there, they need to obey your rules. Teach your kids how to manage their anger. Things like this happen because parents stop being parents after conception...
Mom

Dallas, TX

#14 Apr 14, 2010
You are a sick individual. Please seek help!
idk

United States

#15 Jan 3, 2011
hahahahha lmao fa'real dey were havin sex in da colloseum hhahhahahaha:D
Tori

United States

#16 Jun 17, 2011
Im sorry but this has abaoulutely NOTHING to do with what anyone is talking about. Take the trash talking somewhere else.
neutral one wrote:
I was born and raised in Grand Prairie and used to go to that YMCA. Graduated from SGP in 2003, and I have to say that when I come back to visit my family, it is like visiting an entirely different city! I knew things were bad when I lived there (I witnessed kids in the back of class snorting cocaine and having sex in the wrestling room and Colosseum), but I'm amazed at how fast it has deteriorated since then. Parents ARE clueless! They were clueless when I went there! I am so grateful that my parents were "overly" involved (my opinion back then) because it kept me out of trouble. SGP had the second highest pregnancy rate in the COUNTRY when I went there! Get involved with your kids! Know where they are, what they are doing, search their rooms for drugs and weapons, call the cops when you find those things! I never even thought of doing anything wrong in high school because I knew my parents would make my life hell until I learned my lesson. Until your kid is 18 years old AND OUT OF YOUR HOUSE, YOU need to be in control. As long as they live there, they need to obey your rules. Teach your kids how to manage their anger. Things like this happen because parents stop being parents after conception...

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