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Aug 15, 2013 9:42 AM by Maddie Garrett

Paralyzed Aurora Shooting Victim Speaks Out

One of the most severely injured victims of the Aurora theater shooting is speaking out for the first time, it's been a year since he was shot while seeing the Batman movie with his brother.

19-year-old Stefan Moten was shot in the collar bone, the bullet hit his spine, paralyzing him from the chest down. Doctos told him he would never walk again and never be able to move his limbs.

But Moten said he still has hope and relies on his faith to keep him going.

"They said I wasn't gonna get any movement back that I was going to always be in the wheel chair for the rest of my life," said Moten. "I really don't believe it, I just have my own hope and I just know what I believe. It might come true one day."

Moten's dream was to one day become an MMA fighter. What he misses most, is being able to pick up his boxing gloves and rough house with his brother.

Despite his devastating injuries, Moten remains positive.

"That's just how I am, even before the accident I was just a positive person," he said. "It's ok. I know by the end of the day it's gonna be ok because if I wasn't supposed to be here I wouldn't be here."

Like many victims, he sometimes wonders how different his life might be if he hadn't gone to the movies that day. But then Moten said he can't think like, he must move forward with no regrets.

 

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