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Campus Shooting Victim Paralyzed

November 24th, 2014 by flanews

One victim remains in the hospital after last week’s shooting on Florida State’s campus.  Matt Galka spoke with the student’s sister who provided an update on the 21 year old’s condition.

Farhana Ahmed calmly stood in front of reporters Monday afternoon.  She would have had every reason to be shaken up, though, after her brother Farhan “Ronny” Ahmed was one of three victim’s in last week’s shooting at Florida State’s Strozier Library

“Ronny immediately knew that something was wrong, because one of the first bullets struck his spine, and it’s left him paralyzed from the waist down,” said Farhana Ahmed.

Ronny is a 21 year old bio-medical engineering student at FSU.  He was studying for finals at the library when a gunman opened fire.  His sister praised the police who quickly responded and the school for helping them through this difficult time.

“If not for their quick response, probably a lot more students would have gotten hurt, and Ronny himself was probably saved by the quickness of their actions,” said Farhana.

Ronny is still in the hospital but he is doing better.  His condition was upgraded from critical to serious. Florida State president John Thrasher said the school will do whatever it can to help the Ahmed’s.

“Florida State University is 100% committed to ensuring that we do everything we can to fulfill Ronny’s dreams, as Farhana said, of achieving his goal of graduating from Florida State University,” said Thrasher.

Ronny’s friends have set up an account online to help pay for medical bills and long term care.  The site reads that Ronny was the first person shot, but was still able to alert authorities.

Farhana says the family is grateful Ronny is still with them, and she still has a brother.

“It’s just me and him, so I’m really glad he’s still here, because we need each other,” she said.

Ronny Ahmed has a year and a half left before he graduates, something his sister says he still plans on doing.

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