When I first wrote about my nephew Devyn Hardy, who was the victim of a senseless and heinous violent crime, it was intended as a therapeutic measure for me to deal with my disbelief and grief. Instead, the many friends of the Hardy family have taken my words and have turned them into their words in the hopes of fighting negative stereotypes. We all know that words have power and through my blog, I have rejected the words of those who would cast us in less than a positive light!
As I stated in the first Devyn blog, The Tampa Tribune and the police department had characterized Devyn’s shooting as a drug deal gone bad. I am happy to report unequivocally that there will be no charges filed against Devyn. To be blunt, my nephew was the victim of those who wanted to rob him of his possessions and nothing more. Many folks have encouraged me to forward my post to the media to clear the air, however, I think that a kick to the nuts of those who defamed my nephew are more appropriate. Please believe me, I am winding up my leg….
I talked to Karen this evening and I am happy to report that Devyn is in good spirits and even does a little dance with his shoulders whenever he receives visitors. He was so overwhelmed yesterday with the number of people who came to see him that Karen had to limit the number of people who could visit. Is that a remarkable young man or what?
Devyn has amazed his doctors with the speed of his recovery and his outlook on his future. His jaw is wired shut and he can’t talk and it will be that way for the next six weeks. However, he is communicating with hand signals and gestures using his body. Damn, I love this kid! He is the victim, yet, he is setting the example! If I had one tenth of the strength this kid has, I’d be a better man!
We are looking to bring him home sometime next week to finish the healing and rehabilitative process. He will still need to undergo at least two more reconstructive surgeries and I will continue to blog about his progress. He will need a hypoallergenic environment to recuperate in and I will touch on that later.
Once again, thank you all for the love and support that you have given my family. We appreciate and love you all! Devyn posted to Facebook yesterday and I will leave you with what he said: Thank you everyone for the love..yalls prayers and strength are keepin me going.
Did I say how much I love this kid?