ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – More than a month after the school shooting tragedy shook the town of Roswell, residents will have reason to celebrate with the homecoming of 12-year-old Nathaniel Tavarez on Friday.
Tavarez – who was shot in the face – will come home after weeks in surgery and therapy in Texas hospitals and rehab centers.
The family reports he’s returning sooner – and in better shape – than any of his doctors expected.
Nathaniel’s uncle, Anthony Miranda, says doctors determined the boy who faced losing his vision can now see shapes from his right eye and lights and shadows in his left.
“We can’t understand how he’s in such great spirits,” Miranda said. “The only thing we can think of is God, the community, the entire nation – has done this for him and through him.”
Miranda is inviting everyone to help create a huge welcome home party in Roswell as Nathaniel and his family drive into town from Texas.
He’s asking people to gather at Second and Sycamore around noon Friday for the homecoming.
Kendal Sanders, 13, is still healing from injuries to her arm and shoulder.
The alleged shooter – 12-year-old Mason Campbell – is being held at the Chaves County Juvenile Jail.