Soldier shot, paralyzed at homecoming party in California

By Eric W. Dolan
Monday, December 26, 2011 20:56 EDT
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The mother of an Army soldier who was shot at his own homecoming party on Friday spoke to CNN about the tragic incident.

Christopher Sullivan, a 22-year-old Purple Heart recipient, was critically wounded at his party in Southern California after being shot multiple times by 19-year-old Ruben Ray Jurado.

Jurada was reportedly punched Sullivan’s brother during an argument about football. When Sullivan intervened, Jurada pulled out a handgun and fired multiple shots at him.

“He always said, ‘Mom, I know I’m going to die by the time I’m 24, but I’m going to die for my country,’” Sullivan’s mother said Monday. “I don’t think Christopher ever thought of his own backyard — I don’t think he ever would have thought that, but he’s not dead, he’s alive and I thank god for that.”

Jurada turned himself in on Monday.

Watch video, courtesy of CNN, below:

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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