Suspect accused of shooting 11-year-old released, charges dropped

Keon Malone and Jamar Medaries

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The 23-year-old man who was arrested last month for shooting an 11-year-old boy has been released from custody.

The attempted criminal homicide charge against Jamar Medaries was also dropped Thursday after some witnesses failed to show at a preliminary hearing.

Keon Malone, 11, was standing in the doorway of his grandmother’s Fern Avenue home when he was became caught in crossfire stemming from a fight next door.

He was struck in his head and continues to recover.

“It’s a miracle how far he’s come. This was just horrible,” Keon’s aunt Sharneesa Sparks told News 2, adding, “They called us in the room and pretty much told us, you know, that they really didn’t expect him to make it.”

Keon, however, did survive.

Sparks told News 2 her nephew has been transported from Vanderbilt University Medical Center to a children’s hospital in Atlanta where he is slowly making progress.

“He told me good morning yesterday. He said I love you. It’s not very clear, but you can kind of decipher what he’s saying,” she said.

On Friday morning, Keon’s feeding tube was removed.

Keon Malone
Eleven-year-old Keon remains hospitalized and cannot walk.

“It’s because of the prayers that he has made it as far as he has,” Sparks said.

Despite his progress, Sparks said Keon, who loved to dance, is still unable to walk.

“He’s eleven you know, and he has so much of his life ahead of him and now we don’t know how much of that, or how that life is going to be,” she said.

The fifth grader’s family said they are continuing to pray for justice for Keon.

“It’s not that I’m angry, because anger is not going to fix the situation, but I do think it’s very unfair and I do think that they should be punished for what they’ve done. Everybody that’s involved.”

The shooting remains under investigation.

To help with Keon’s medical expenses, visit his GoFundMe page.

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