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Rackley boy improving after being shot


SANDY Utah (ABC4 Utah) – The 11-year old boy wounded in Tuesday’s shooting is again showing his bravery.
That’s what a family spokesperson said Friday about the Rackley boy who survived a shooting that took the life of his mother and younger brother.

Police said Memorez Rackley was being stalked by Jeremy Patterson and it came to a head Tuesday along Alta Canyon Drive.

“It appears that Memorez and Jeremy were in some kind of verbal argument and the Good Samaritan saw what was going on and stopped to help,” said Sgt. Jason Nielsen with Sandy police.

He said the Good Samaritan offered Rackley and her two boys a ride.  And for about 500 yards, they rode with the woman and her three daughters.

Meanwhile police said Patterson drove off but then changed his mind.

“At that point Jeremy reconnected and came back, found them and that’s when he rammed the vehicle,” said Sgt. Nielsen.

Witnesses saw Patterson fired first into the backseat where Rackley’s sons were and then turned his attention to Rackley who was in the front passenger seat.
The Good Samaritan and her three daughters fled and made it to safety.  One of the woman’s daughter’s was shot in the leg.  Patterson, according to witnesses took his own life.

The 11-year old whose name has not been officially released for privacy reasons is making a full recovery at a local hospital, according to a family spokesman.

“He continues to improve,” said Sarah Weaver, a family friend and spokesperson.  “He remains in ICU.  But he is awake.”

Neighbors said a year ago, the 11-year old suffered a brain aneurysm and with treatment made a full recovery.

“He has had a few visitors and the family is saying that once again he is showing how resilient and how strong and brave and tough he is,” Weaver said.

The shooting has shattered the neighborhood.   But the community is also coming together both to heal and show support for the family. 

“Yes, there’s evil everywhere and there’s no explaining it,” said Sandy Mayor Tom Dolan said.  “But look for the good. That’s what we’re asking people to do.”

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the family with funeral expenses.

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