Dealership donates new car to family after drive-by shooting


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – On Wednesday a Lexington family got an incredible surprise after a tough month of hurt and pain.

A Lexington car dealership supplied a family who was victim of a drive-by shooting with a Maroon Honda CRV.

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It was less than a month ago at two in the morning on December 21 when the drive-by occurred.

Five-year-old Malaki Roberts was in bed with his mom when he was struck by a bullet in a senseless shooting.

Gunshots were aimed at the family’s car, the front door and into their home in the Woodhill neighborhood.

The aftermath was even worse, Malakai suffered life altering injuries and became blind in both eyes.

To help ease some of the burdens on the family, a Lexington car dealership surprised the mom with a new car.

The general manager of the dealership tells ABC 36 that it was their way of giving back after hearing the family’s story.

“With the issues, Malakai now faces transportation is going to be very important in his improvement moving forward and making sure he’s getting to his doctors’ appointments. So we thought what better way to provide that transportation than a vehicle that’s going to give him the care he needs,” Says Nathan Stahl, the General Manager of Glenn’s Freedom CDJR.

The community’s generosity doesn’t stop with the car.

The family also will receive a house full of furniture from Aaron’s. If you’d like to help out, click on the link here!

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Monica Harkins joined the ABC 36 News team in June 2019 as a Multimedia journalist and Anchor/Producer. She’s born and raised in Austin, Texas and headed “North,” as she calls it, to study broadcast journalism and business at the University of Missouri. While at Mizzou she anchored and reported for KOMU 8 News, an NBC affiliate in Columbia, Missouri all four years. During her childhood she played almost every sport, but they always called her “Hollywood” for her love of theatre. In high school, she realized her excitement for theatre and performing was only a small piece of the puzzle. It’s story telling that’s her passion. She’s especially passionate about social media and creative platforms to tell stories. Her most recent experiment is being a FAA certified drone pilot. As a proud Texan she says she’s made of country music, Southern hospitality and Sweet Tea. When she’s not at work you can find her trying new recipes, listening to crime podcasts, reading the latest romance novel or rockin’ out to live music with friends. She says she’s only a tweet or Facebook message away, so say hi and send her the latest on your community. @MonicaHarkinstv or