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Family copes after Lexington shooting leaves 5-year-old blind

Posted at 6:34 PM, Jan 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-16 09:17:40-05

(LEX 18) — After suffering a terrible trauma, Cacy Roberts faces a great challenge: helping her son Malakai navigate in the world as a child who has lost his sight.

Malakai was only 5 years old in December when someone shot into his home on Catera Trace. He was snuggled up with his mom and little brother playing video games and watching TV when he was shot in the head.

The same bullet then lodged itself in Cacy's arm. Cacy has since recovered.

Malakai was left blind. He also lost his sense of smell and taste.

"I mean it was terrible," Cacy recalled. "It was the worst nightmare you could ever think of."

After one major surgery and almost two weeks in the hospital, Cacy says she's amazed by Malakai's attitude.

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"His spirits are really high. He's adjusting really well. He's taking it so much better than I would have if it were me so I'm really proud of him."

Cacy is in awe of her son's resilience, making January 15 all the more sweet. It's Malakai's sixth birthday.

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Malakai celebrates his sixth birthday on Jan. 15, 2021, less than a month after losing his eyesight.

Now, Cacy wants justice for her child.

"I would just want them in their own mind to think about what they did and just rethink their actions in general," Cacy said when asked whether she had a message for the shooter. "If you're doing things that are hurting innocent people then you need to take a step back and reevaluate yourself."

LEX 18 asked Lexington Police where the case stood. In an email, a spokeswoman wrote, "the investigation is still open, and we continue to ask anyone with information to contact police or send an anonymous tip."

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