FORT HOOD, Texas (KXAN) — When Pvt. Deon Josephs was shot in the spine last week on Fort Hood, his mother and brother rushed to his side, begging him to keep fighting.
“You’re an Army man, and I’m proud of you, please don’t leave me,” Marline Warline told her son. “And I knew he didn’t leave me.”
The family waited through two surgeries, one to repair the main artery in Josephs neck, and the other to remove the bullet.
His family says Deon was friends with the accused shooter, Spc. Ivan Lopez. Darren Josephs says that has been hard for his brother to stomach.
“To think, ‘My own friend did this to me … Why did he do this to me?’” Darren said.
Deon is still on a ventilator and is barely able to move, but vows to walk again.
“I think it’s a miracle,” Darren said. “I don’t know how he’s doing it, but he’s moving both fingers and toes.”
Marlene knows there are other mothers who were not so lucky. “Those other ones will survive in my heart, in my soul.”
Her focus now is on getting her son better.
“He is a powerful man, and he’s a fighter.”
But his battle, like so many victims on Fort Hood, is far from over.