Philadelphia 76ers guard James Harden has learned that one of the victims of the gruesome shooting at Michigan State University, which killed three students and injured five others, is a big fan of his skills on the court.
John Hao was left paralyzed from the chest down after gunman Anthony McRae opened fire at Berkey Hall and the MSU Union student union, before being found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Hao has been in the hospital recovering and when Harden found out about his fandom, he wanted to do whatever he could to help.
ESPN’s Malika Andrews detailed Harden’s generosity, as he sent some sneakers, including a pair worn in the game, to the hospital where Hao is recovering.
He also contributed to Hao’s GoFundMe page to help with medical bills from the incident.
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Finally, Harden wanted to make his gesture more enjoyable, as he FaceTimed Hao and gave him some words of encouragement.
«Everything will be fine. Be strong,» Harden told Hao. «You’re fine. You’ll be fine, I promise you will be.»
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“Got you,” Hao replied quietly.
«I also love it when you’re smiling,» Harden added. «I love it when you’re smiling, okay? I’m with you. I know it’s hard right now, but you have to stay physically strong, you know what I mean? You just have to think positive things and keep pushing and keep going.» struggle.
«Let me know if you need anything else.»
Andrews added that Harden left Hao his phone number and said they will FaceTime again soon. Harden hopes that Hao will be able to attend one of his games once he is healthy enough to do so.
Junior Alexandria Verner, sophomore Arielle Anderson, and sophomore Brian Fraser were the three students tragically killed in the shooting at MSU.
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As of Wednesday, only one of the five injured remained in critical condition.