Positive news continues to come as La Salle High grad Jarrod Stukes recovers from multiple gun shot wounds he sustained in August.
I ran into La Salle assistant basketball coach Alex Brown at last week’s La Salle-Malvern Prep football game at Plymouth-Whitemarsh.
Brown said Stukes is “up and walking.”
Stukes, a second-team all-Catholic selection as a senior, was shot multiple times late on Aug. 13 when gunfire erupted after a block party in West Philadelphia’s Mantua section, according to police.
Via Facebook messenger on Sunday, Stukes’ father, Dhaamin Stukes, said that his son continues to improve in rehabilitation.
“He is walking with crutches and is able to get up and down stairs,” Dhaamin Stukes told me via Facebook messenger.
Stukes is also listening to motivational videos to lift his spirits. The 5-foot-8 point guard was a beloved member of the Explorers’ basketball program..
La Salle High School as well as La Salle University, where Stukes’ brother, Amar, plays basketball, have been in touch almost daily, Dhaamin Stukes said.
Clarion, where Stukes earned a basketball scholarship, has also been in touch almost daily and has been “wonderful.”
Stukes would like to start classes at Clarion in January and get to know his new teammates at the university.
“If he continues to rehab well that’s a good possibility,” Dhaamin Stukes said.
The GoFundMe page that Dhaamin Stukes created shows total donations of $5,685, which surpassed the $5,000 goal.
When asked if there was anything he wanted to share, Dhaamin Stukes said, “Just that [Jarrod] appreciates the overwhelming support from the [basketball] community, family and friends.”