Volunteers raise money for wounded teen

Community rallies to support injured teen

November 6, 2011 8:16:33 AM PST
Volunteers are hoping a big BBQ fundraiser will help put a significant dent in the medical bills of a teen wounded in a school shooting here.

Fifteen-year-old Catilyn Abercrombie was shot in the neck as she sat eating her lunch at Cape Fear High School Oct. 24.

Eighteen-year-old Ta'Von McLaurin and 15-year-old Charles Underwood Jr. are both charged in the shooting. While investigators haven't given a motive, they've said they don't believe Abercrombie was the intended target.

Abercrombie is recovering at Duke Medical Center after the .22 caliber bullet damaged her esophagus. Her medical bills have mounted, so volunteers held a huge fundraiser Saturday.

Hundreds attended the event, which quickly ran low on food. Some people waited hours to show their support.

At one point, traffic around Cape Fear High School backed up so severely, Sheriff's deputies were called to help with traffic control.

Organizers put several hogs on slow cookers Friday night and started selling BBQ plates at Cape Fear High School at 11 a.m. They kept going until the food was gone, including the extras bought after the crowd swelled.

Plates were $7.00 each and included BBQ, Slaw, Bake Beans, Rolls, Cake and Tea.

All proceeds will go to Catilyn Abercrombie and her family.

Officials said Friday that Abercrombie remains in critical condition, but she no longer needs a ventilator to help her breathe.

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