Shooting leaves Lincoln Park father without his sight - New York News

Shooting leaves Lincoln Park father without his sight

Posted: Updated:
Sean Kelley lost his sight after being shot outside a Detroit nightclub in January. Sean Kelley lost his sight after being shot outside a Detroit nightclub in January.
LINCOLN PARK, Mich. (WJBK) -

A hardworking family is facing homelessness.  Their lives were changed by gun violence after the man of the house was shot in the head leaving him blind just a week after the birth of his son.

"I could see this evil face.  He squinted his eyes up, and he had this gapped tooth in his mouth, and he just shot the gun," said Sean Kelley.

Living in metro Detroit, you hear a lot about gun violence, but not much about the shattered lives gun violence leaves behind or the families left to pick up the pieces.

"I felt something rattling in my mouth.  It was the bullet in my mouth," Sean said.  "That was the last time I saw something."

Sean is completely blind.  He was shot January 12 leaving a nightclub in Detroit.  The bullet passed through his right temple destroying everything in its path and life as the Kelleys knew it.

"He took my taste, my smell," Sean said.  "I can't even enjoy my food.  I don't even know what it is."

Sean had to leave his job of 16 years at DTE Energy.  His wife had to quit her job to take care of the family.  The Kelleys have nine children between them, and the bills are pilling up.  Sean and his wife will be evicted from their Lincoln Park home on May 8.  They have nowhere to go and nothing but each other.

"I made a vow and went before God and said I'd be with my husband no matter what, through sickness, through wealth, through poor, and that's what I'm doing.  I'm keeping my word," Laronda Kelley said.

"I wonder why God allowed it to happen that way, but I appreciate... exactly how he orchestrated this," Sean said.

Such as being able to see his son for eight days.  He was born prematurely just a week before the shooting.  Even though he is growing, his father still knows his face, and he hopes to one day see it again, something doctors say could happen.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • 2 U.S. marshals, 1 NYPD detective shot in Manhattan

    2 U.S. marshals, 1 NYPD detective shot in Manhattan

    Monday, July 28 2014 2:32 PM EDT2014-07-28 18:32:05 GMT
    Two deputy U.S. marshals, an NYPD detective, and a sexual assault suspect have been shot in a shootout in lower Manhattan, officials said. Speaking at a news conference, Mayor Bill de Blasio said the marshals and cop were taken to a local hospital with apparently non-life threatening injuries.
    Two deputy U.S. marshals, an NYPD detective, and a sexual assault suspect have been shot in a shootout in lower Manhattan, officials said. Speaking at a news conference, Mayor Bill de Blasio said the marshals and cop were taken to a local hospital with apparently non-life threatening injuries.
  • Massive brawl at NJ wedding

    Massive brawl at NJ wedding

    Monday, July 28 2014 2:24 PM EDT2014-07-28 18:24:34 GMT
    As many as 300 people became involved in a massive brawl at a New Jersey wedding hall that ended with two arrests on Sunday night.  Middletown police say that the fight broke out at about 10:30 p.m. at the Jacques Reception Hall on Palmer Ave. in Middletown.
    As many as 300 people became involved in a massive brawl at a New Jersey wedding hall that ended with two arrests on Sunday night.  Middletown police say that the fight broke out at about 10:30 p.m. at the Jacques Reception Hall on Palmer Ave. in Middletown.
  • Accused Long Island cop killer found guilty

    Accused Long Island cop killer found guilty

    Monday, July 28 2014 12:49 PM EDT2014-07-28 16:49:08 GMT
    An ex-convict suspected of gunning down a Nassau County police officer and then fatally shooting a carjacking victim was found guilty on all counts in the murders on Monday. Darrell Fuller, 33, shot and killed Police Officer Arthur Lopez in October 2012 who suspected he had been involved in a hit-and-run car accident. Authorities said Fuller then fled that shooting and killed the second victim, Raymond Facey of Queens, while stealing his vehicle.
    An ex-convict suspected of gunning down a Nassau County police officer and then fatally shooting a carjacking victim was found guilty on all counts in the murders on Monday. Darrell Fuller, 34, shot and killed Police Officer Arthur Lopez in October 2012 who suspected he had been involved in a hit-and-run car accident. Authorities said Fuller then fled that shooting and killed the second victim, Raymond Facey of Queens, while stealing his vehicle.
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Let It Rip Weekend Proposal One and the Mongo Brothers

    Let It Rip Weekend Proposal One and the Mongo Brothers

    Let It Rip Weekend Proposal One and the Mongo Brothers

    Monday, July 28 2014 2:46 PM EDT2014-07-28 18:46:07 GMT
    How is Proposal One tied into funding our local schools, police and fire departments, plus should African Americans abandon the Democratic Party and the UAW?
    How is Proposal One tied into funding our local schools, police and fire departments, plus should African Americans abandon the Democratic Party and the UAW?

  • Porch shooter Theodore Wafer back in court for 3rd day of trial

    Porch shooter Theodore Wafer back in court for 3rd day of trial

    Monday, July 28 2014 2:34 PM EDT2014-07-28 18:34:31 GMT
    The trial of a Detroit-area man who killed a young unarmed woman on his porch is entering its first full week of testimony.
    The trial of a Detroit-area man who killed a young unarmed woman on his porch is entering its first full week of testimony.
  • Parents of child held in basement appearing in court

    Parents of child held in basement appearing in court

    Monday, July 28 2014 2:30 PM EDT2014-07-28 18:30:40 GMT
    DETROIT -- The father and stepmother of a 12-year-old Detroit boy who was found in his basement after an 11-day disappearance are due back in court.
    DETROIT -- The father and stepmother of a 12-year-old Detroit boy who was found in his basement after an 11-day disappearance are due back in court.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices