Paralyzed N.J. Boy Has Big Dreams

NEWARK, N.J. (CBS 2) — He was in the wrong place at the wrong time, doing what kids do.

Tajzir Wilson, 12, was riding his bike in broad daylight when he was shot. Now, after the Newark resident has gone through therapy, he shared his story for the first time with CBS 2’s Christine Sloan.

It certainly has been a long road to recovery since the day when Wilson was caught in the crossfire.

“I was on my way home from football practice,” the young victim said. “I was playing with my friends and some guy started shooting.”

The bullets pierced his neck, leaving him paralyzed.

“It still hurts when you touch it,” he said.

But he’s getting better, with help from his mother, Alberta Gordon, who carries him on her back because she can’t afford to put handicap accessible ramps in her home.

But Wilson is working hard every day in therapy and has bigger goals.

“My goal is to walk again,” he said. “Take care of mother, instead of her taking care of me.”

It was 3 p.m. when Wilson was shot on the sidewalk as he rode his bike in the summer of 2007. It started with two women arguing – and then gunshots.

“They took away his childhood,” said Gordon. “He should be playing little league baseball…but he can’t do that.”

The seventh grader will be facing the man who shot him in court this month – and he’s got plenty to say.

“I just want him to trade places with me for a good year,” said Wilson. “So he can see what it feels to be me.”

Despite his anger, Wilson is trying to get past the resentment and depression.

Wilson loves video games and reading, and sees a bright future for himself.

“I want to work for Microsoft, in Game Studios,” he said. “And meet Bill Gates, and the President.”

And that’s not all.

“I want to play for the New York Giants,” Wilson said. “I know I will.”

Gun shot victims or not, it seems many could learn a lesson from the young boy.

“Don’t give up,” Wilson said. “Keep trying…never say never.”

Wilson credits his recovery to his therapists at Children’s Specialized Hospital in Mountainside.

  • Sidney Askew

    WOW! What is story and what a strong and intelligent young man – Tajzir Wilson. I am so proud to know him and his mother, Ms. Gordon, and his great family. Our lives can change at any time without notice. But, we must continue to dream and work hard like Tajzir. Thank you Tajzir! Thank you Ms. Gordon! We love you and your family.

  • Dominique Gordon

    Tajzir Wilson is a very amazing young man; unfortunately his childhood was taken away from him 2 summers ago due to the irresponsible and reckless actions of 3 adults. I remember it like it was yesterday I was at work and I got a phone call “Tajzir got hurt Tajzir got hurt come to University Hospital” I immediately dropped everything and rushed to the hospital not knowing that he had been shot. I was devastated seeing to see my 10 yr. old cousin in such a conditional after being shot. Confused of how and why it happened I had just seen him that morning and he was fine. Till this day my family still feels the scorn of that summer day. We love him so much, but hate seeing him suffer it hurts just to see him like this but we will never know how he feels. Going from running around with his friends, playing football, basketball, swimming etc. To not being able to do anything for himself and knowing that he did nothing to put himself in this situation but be a child. Fortunately enough Tajzir is a survivor, and is here with us and making so much progress, he is very determined. But I’ve seen his struggles firsthand and I just wish things were easier for him because he’s already been through so much. Im praying for a miracle that my cousin gets what he needs. And that the person who did this to him gets prosecuted to the fullest extent.

  • Gia Gracielle Galeano

    If everyone who saw this story about Tajzir Wilson does whatever they can do to help him, no matter how seemiingly “insignificant”, he will get the help he needs. From reading the previous comments, I have learned that Harry Carson handles Community Relations for the NY Giants. I don’t know him, don’t even know sports, but I’m going to call/write him today. I’m going to go on the Extreme Makeover website and see what I can do. I KNOW a lot of good people saw Tajzir’s story and all of us together, in our own ways, can help him. To quote Tajzir, “never say never.” Let’s send love & light to Tazjir and his incredible mother.


    Frankly I do not understand the lack of funds to get this young boy what he needs. As an adults on ss and disability he will be able to get it. I just read about a woman whose five million dollars hospital was paid by disability and medicare and medicaide. And they cannot afford his equipment so his mother will not have to carry. him. That makes me want to March to the WhiteHouse and burn it down. That is so wrong. So very wrong. We can fix kids legs from Iraq and cannot help him. SOMEONE HELP ME I FEEL LIKE THROWING MY CITIZEN SHIP IN THE ATLANTIC OCEAN.

    • allie

      Jan your right however this country is not ready for children who are disabled. Most state programs start around 18. Only if the child is cognitively impaired which he is not will he be able to get services

  • Rich Lando

    This story really touched me and my wife. This boy and his Mom are real heroes. Channel 2 news or Christine Sloan should contact Harry Carson at the Giants. I believe he handles community relations. I know they would love to do something for Tajzir.
    Would also be great if Extreme Makeover could redo their house, but that’s another network.

  • barbara

    Is there a fund or anyway we can help get a ramp in this home? This mom cant carry Tajzir on her back forever. A ramp is needed.

  • Thomas McMurrer

    more severe gun laws need to be implemented in our society. I saw an interview with Tajzir. He seems like a great kid! He has a very positive outlook on life. I wish him and his family the best…

  • Dave Hoagland

    What a sad story. Wishing Tajzir and his Mom the best in the future. I’m sure he will fulfill all his dreams.

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