Milwaukee Brewers pay tribute to 8-year-old injured in Highland Park shooting – NBC Chicago

The Milwaukee Brewers placed a ceremonial jersey in their dugout on Friday to honor an 8-year-old team fan who was injured in the July 4 parade mass shooting in Highland Park.

Cooper Roberts was shot in the chest in the shooting that killed seven people on Monday. His family said his spine had been severed and he was paralyzed from the waist down. The Brewers hung a jersey in their dugout with Roberts’ name and Christian Yelich’s jersey number, 22.

Cooper’s family said Friday he regained consciousness for the first time since the shooting. They said doctors did not believe he suffered any brain damage.

“The strength to go through something like that is unimaginable,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said before the team’s Friday night game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. “We do such a small thing, but hopefully that can maybe make part of the day a little bit better for them.”

The Brewers said in a statement that “we are working on other initiatives to connect players with Cooper and his family, but the priority at this time is to focus on their recovery.”

“We’re glad he’s a Brewer fan and want to recognize that and let their family know we’re thinking of them,” Counsell said.

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