The 13-year-old who sustained a severe head injury in a tire iron attack was transferred to a regular hospital bed on Wednesday (5 July), according to a family spokesperson.
Jamari Woodard is recuperating from a grievous brain injury sustained in an incident on June 24. According to police, someone threw a tire iron at a moving vehicle carrying Woodard and others on Southeast Foster Road.
The family’s spokesperson is Michelle Bart of the National Women’s Coalition Against Violence & Exploitation. She reported that as of Thursday evening, Woodard was still using a nutrition tube and lacked complete control over his body.
Bart told, “This young man has a long way to go” in recovery. Since the incident, Woodard has endured two surgeries, one of which was to remove the tire iron from his skull.
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There has been no arrest made in relation to Woodard’s injury. A spokesman for the Portland Police Bureau told on Thursday that the investigation is ongoing.
PPB Sgt. Kevin Allen said –
“This is an ongoing and active investigation. We are in close communication with the family but not releasing additional information publicly at this time.”
According to Bart, the family knows who caused Woodard’s injury, and they are hopeful that investigators are constructing the strongest case against them.
Bart told –
“We’re familiar with the person who assaulted Jamari.”
“We have to let the police do their job. Jamari was in the wrong place at the wrong time. We are hopeful we will get justice for Jamari.”
Woodard graduated from Lane Middle School in June, and his fourteenth birthday is this Sunday. Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers sent Woodard a video message wishing him a speedy recovery this week.
Megan Rivera Hughes, a teacher at Lane Middle School, characterized Woodard as an affable athlete, student, and friend. She reported that he aspires to play college basketball and travel the globe.
She said –
“I know that he really wanted to … experience life away from the bubble that he knew. He was really set on traveling.”
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