A high schooler won a college basketball scholarship. Hours later, he was shot and doctors amputated his leg.

Tina Henderson/GoFundMeKeShon Henderson was shot just after he received a scholarship for playing basketball.
  • Late last month, Benson High School senior KeShon Henderson officially accepted a scholarship to play college basketball at Judson University in Elgin, Illinois.
  • Hours later, while walking down the streets of Omaha, Henderson was robbed and shot twice.
  • Henderson was shot once in the leg and once in his lung. He was rushed to a local hospital to treat his wounds but medical complications arose, forcing the teen into a coma.
  • Four days into his coma, Henderson lost blood flow to one of his legs. Doctors amputated it, saying it would save his life.
  • While he survived the attack, Henderson’s dreams of playing college basketball have been put on hold.
  • Two 16-year-olds have been arrested in connection to the shooting but an investigation is still ongoing. Henderson’s family has started a GoFundMe page to help pay for high school student’s mounting medical costs.
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Less than 24 hours after 17-year-old high schooler KeShon Henderson received a scholarship to play college basketball, the teen found himself the victim of a shooting and in a fight for his life.

Henderson would survive, but his dreams of playing college basketball likely wouldn’t.

The Benson High School point guard was walking the streets of Omaha, Nebraska, at around 6:30 p.m. on September 23 when two other teens robbed him at gunpoint, according to the Omaha Police Department. It was the same night his basketball scholarship at Judson University was to be announced.

Henderson was shot twice.

“I got a call that my son’s car was taped off, at about 9:30 p.m.,” Henderson’s mother, Tina, told KETV7. “I went to the scene and saw the car, but my son was not there.”

Tina Henderson didn’t know it at the time, but her son was actually in the hospital undergoing surgery for multiple gunshot wounds.

One of the bullets reportedly flew clean through Henderson’s leg. The other pierced the teen’s lung and travelled all the way down his other leg, damaging organs along the way, according to WCVB. Henderson was quickly rushed to a local hospital, but complications forced him into a coma.

Four days into the coma, doctors noticed one of Henderson’s legs was taking on a dark colour. Blood wasn’t circulating through it. A day after that, his leg lost most of its warmth, Tina Henderson said. Discolored and cold to the touch, doctors amputated Henderson’s leg to save his life.

“This is a good kid, he did not deserve any of this.”

In the weeks since the shooting, Henderson’s family set up a GoFundMe account asking for donations to help stave off the teen’s ballooning medical expenses. The fund has so far brought in over $US6,300 in donations from more than 150 donors.

In addition to the amputation, the family says the gunshot wounds damaged, “every organ in his abdominal region.”Once those injuries are healed, Henderson will still need to undergo physical and occupational therapy. Eventually, Henderson’s family wrote on the donation site, he’ll need to be fitted with a prosthetic leg.

“This is a good kid, he did not deserve any of this,” KeShon’s aunt, Juarquate Brown said in an interview with KETV7. “He always had a ball in his hand, so this one right here is really tough.”


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The Omaha Police Department announced it had arrested two 16-year-olds in connection to the shooting on Monday but said its investigation is still ongoing. One of the teens was charged with First-Degree Assault and Use of a Weapon to Commit a Felony and the other was charged with robbery.

A representative for Judson University didn’t immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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