Ky. A boy blinded during a shot will be honored in a bowl game


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT / Gray News) – It has been 364 days since 6-year-old Malakai Roberts and her mother Cacy were gunned down inside their home in Lexington, Ky.

Malakai has a long Christmas wish list, but his mother’s only wish is for him to be happy this Christmas after spending the holidays in the hospital last year.

“Last year for Christmas he had presents and he didn’t want to open them for a few days,” Cacy said.

Tuesday marks one year to the day since Malakai was permanently blinded by bullets fired into his house. But a year after that horrible night, her mother said Malakai was doing very well and making the most of her situation.

“He really is the best boy. He has this positive attitude, he never complains. We all saw him ride his bike, he went to sports camp, rode his horse and wrestled, ”Cacy said.

She said he does very well in school and that occasional visits to Kentucky School for the Blind help show Malakai that he’s not alone.

“They get them to love movies and show them how to go out in public with their canes and go shopping,” Cacy said.

Cacy knows that many other mothers who have lost their sons to gun violence would love to be in her place, but she can’t help but feel depressed from time to time.

“Some days I feel depressed and I don’t want to continue because of the situation because he can’t see,” Cacy said.

The support of the Lexington community means a lot to her and Malakai.

“We’re not from here, we moved here five years ago from a town in southern Ohio. I don’t have any family here or a lot of friends so to see everyone hugging us, we really appreciate it, ”said Cacy.

And now, Cacy and Malakai are on their way to nationwide recognition. They will fly to Florida for the VRBO Citrus Bowl between Kentucky and Iowa, where they will be honored at halftime.

Malakai said he was a little scared of plane travel, but Cacy said they were both excited for the big game. And even though they haven’t lived in Lexington for long, they can’t help but climb aboard and cheer on the Cats.

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