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Joesph


Joesph is completely blind in one eye and partially blind in the other. Watching him try to navigate a San Diego street with a white cane, and while pushing a shopping cart broke my heart. […]

Joesph

Joesph is completely blind in one eye and partially blind in the other. Watching him try to navigate a San Diego street with a white cane, and while pushing a shopping cart broke my heart.

Joesph is 75 years-old and homeless. He says he ended up on the streets because someone “cleaned him out”, yet Joesph still maintains his serenity.

Joesph’s story is one of the many stories you hear on the streets that seems hard to believe. I always try and remember that when I was homeless, and I told people I worked in television, they probably didn’t believe me either – but I was telling the truth.

In 1983, Joesph says he was shot in the head by a 14 year-old boy. The boy was walking through a parking lot and found a 357 magnum laying on the ground. The boy picked up the gun and it accidentally went off hitting Joesph in the head. The boy then called the police and the paramedics.

Joesph says the boy was an honor student and received 20 years in prison for the shooting. Joesph then worked for 16 months to get the boy out of prison. Joesph says the person responsible was not the boy that accidentally fired the gun, but the person who “misplaced” the gun, who Joesph claims was a parole officer.

As crazy as this story may sound, I have to remember miracle stories like Lydia Bardak, who after being brutally raped, saved the life of her attacker.

Joesph’s amazing story doesn’t end there, but you’re just going to have to watch it yourself for the rest.

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  • Hunter R

    It sure seems like Joseph is a forgiving man. If the teen at 14 actually found the gun & it accidently went off then this is an accident and not a battery of any sort why was the teen given 20 years, the boy actually try to help out by calling police and 911 the actually villain is the person who lost the gun and he or she should be responsible for the medical bills and the up keep of Joseph for the rest of his life. Hunter

  • David E. Zamora

    What are we as a city ding to aid those of us who end up on the streets? Do we have services for those who want help? Are we doing all we can? What do we do next? It is all our problem!…