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Boy Shot With Pellet Gun Leaving Him Blind, Family Says They're Happy He's Alive

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By: Justin Kree
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - An Odessa family still grieving from the death of their daughter in a car accident, now faces another tragedy. Last Friday, their son was shot by a pellet gun in the face. They spoke to NewsWest 9 exclusively and they say they’re thankful he is alive.

"I told him to stop, but he didn't, Mom, he just shot me in the face," Michelle Levario said.

That is what  Levario heard the moment she left to go get food last Friday night for her son Zavier. The mother didn't hesitate for a second, she pulled over. 

"He had his hand over his eye and his shirt and pants were covered (in blood) and I didn't want him to show his eye. I just called 911," Levario said.

NewsWest 9 asked Zavier how bad was the pain, he told me it was over a 10 on a pain scale of 1 to 10. We asked him what were his thoughts during this scary moment.

"He told me to run and I got scared and as soon as he walked out of the door, he had a gun," Zavier Levario said.

Michelle claims this incident and other cases her son dealt with is the result of bullying.

"It boggles me because there are so many people getting bullied and it only stops when the person is already gone," Michelle Levario said.

Zavier is now blind in his left eye. His mother said that the doctors can't do surgery to remove the BB because it's lodged on his optic nerve. But nevertheless, she is thankful he is alive after the pain the family felt just five months ago.

"Been five months since my daughter's been taken. I have to be strong, there is a choice whether you fall down and you don't wanna get up, or you get up and you strive for every day," Michelle Levario said.

No charges have been filed by police but the investigation is still ongoing.