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Supporting Sam Metcalfe

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On Wednesday, August 19, 2020, Sabrina and her husband Sam left their Brooklyn apartment to go to the store and get some toothpaste. She told him he didn’t need to come but he wanted to hold the umbrella for her because it was raining and the umbrella was broken. While crossing an intersection less than five minutes from their building, shots rang out and Sam was hit. The intended victim (not Sam) was also shot multiple times and died as a result.

Almost immediately, Sam couldn’t feel his legs. We now know that the bullet hit his kidney and stopped when it hit his spine. They removed his kidney but his condition is too fragile to attempt to remove the bullet just yet. Doctors are still trying to stop the bleeding and Sam will likely never walk again. 

In a little over a week, five people have been shot around this intersection (Ocean Ave and Woodruff Ave), three of those shot have died. Sam and Sabrina have a long road ahead of them. Medical expenses will come later but, right now, I need help supporting them in any way possible. Neither are working as Sam fights for his life and she keeps vigil over him. His journey to recovery will be long and, during that time, I don’t want either of them to have to worry about anything else. The news has called their neighborhood “a shooting gallery” after the rash of recent violence and death there. I don’t want her to be forced back there before she is ready. I don’t want her to worry about affording a place to stay, food, or anything else while Sam is in the hospital. Once he is out, I don’t want them to have to focus on anything besides Sam getting better. Please help if you can.


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    • $100 
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    • $250 
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    • $100 
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Krysta Zagorski
Brooklyn, NY
Sabrina Parziale
Joseph Parziale
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