'We Have to Stop This Situation': Father of Hospitalized Hero Parkland Student Optimistic About Son's Recovery - NBC 6 South Florida
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'We Have to Stop This Situation': Father of Hospitalized Hero Parkland Student Optimistic About Son's Recovery

The father hopes the 'March for Our Lives' will help prevent tragedies like the Parkland school shooting in the future

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    Father of Shot MSD Student Speaks Out

    NBC 6's Willard Shepard spoke with the father of Anthony Borges, who was shot five times during the Parkland shooting in a heroic effort.

    (Published Wednesday, March 21, 2018)

    What to Know

    • Anthony Borges is an avid soccer player who was shot five times in the Parkland school tragedy.

    • His father spoke to NBC 6's Willard Shepard, discussing his son's recovery.

    • Seventeen people were killed in the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

    The father of Anthony Borges, the Parkland student shot five times while helping others, said his heroic son is doing better every day.

    Anthony's father, Royer Borges, said his 15-year-old son is "making progress." Anthony, an avid soccer player, was shot while blocking a door so others could avoid gunfire.

    The Borges family is working on his improvement. Anthony is the only victim injured in the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to still be hospitalized.

    "He’s able to eat something solid," Royer Borges said. "He’s in better condition. Every day, it's a little step and it gets to be a bigger step for us. It's like a goal every day."

    Parkland Victim to Sue Law Enforcement, School

    [MI] Parkland Victim to Sue Law Enforcement, School

    The 15-year-old who is still recovering from the Feb. 14th tragedy will file cases against several different agencies.

    (Published Tuesday, April 17, 2018)

    Though Anthony's recovery was once in jeopardy, his father said Anthony's health is on the right path. Royer Borges said he also hopes the United States will be on the right path following the "March for Our Lives" event on Saturday.

    The global event is calling for gun reform legislation and for an end to gun violence.

    "We have to stop this situation," Royer Borges said, referring to shootings. "It doesn’t have to happen again – this situation. I just want it stopped."

    The father described his son as a "strong, young man."

    The gunman accused in the deadly shooting is facing 17 counts of premeditated murder and 17 counts of attempted murder.

    Royer Borges said he is unhappy with the judge who is presiding over the case, Elizabeth Scherer.

    Surveillance Video Shows Moments During Parkland School Shooting

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    Surveillance footage shows then-school resource deputy Scot Peterson standing outside of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School building where gunman Nikolas Cruz opened fire on students and faculty inside, then running out of view, not to be seen again on other school cameras.

    (Published Thursday, March 15, 2018)

    The family’s attorney, Anthony Arreaza, told the judge that the state attorney prosecuting the case and the public defenders who are defending the gunman should be removed because of a conflict of interest.

    Arreaza said the conflict stems from a program put in place in 2016 that shifted Broward County students from being prosecuted when they got into trouble to other avenues outside of the traditional juvenile criminal justice system.

    The program allowed the Parkland gunman to fall "through the cracks," Arreaza suggested.

    "This particular agreement was not only signed by the sheriff and the school board but it was also signed by the state attorney Mike Satz and Howard Finkelstein, the public defender," Arreaza said. "This kid fell through the cracks multiple times, way more times than he should have, and it's really because of the atmosphere of the whole school."

    Scherer on Wednesday ruled Arreaza could not intervene in the case for Anthony and his family because he did not have any standing or legal authority. Arreaza said he will keep working to force the recusal of those involved.

    Royer Borges said Scherer's order has prevented him from participating in the case.

    Parkland Shooting Victim's Aunt Pleads For Gun Reform

    [NATL-MI]Parkland Shooting Victim's Aunt Pleads For Gun Reform at Walkout

    The aunt of a Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting victim attended a walkout Wednesday at the Parkland, Florida, high school where her niece was killed on Feb. 14. "I beg viewers to stand up with these kids and fight with us to get this gun legislation in this country changed," Gina Fontana told NBC 6's Ari Odzer. 

    (Published Wednesday, March 14, 2018)

    "My son ... five times shot and he fights for his life in the hospital and I don’t have a place and I don’t have a voice in this case," he said. "That’s crazy."

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