- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 20, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - A New York Police Department detective who was paralyzed in a 1986 shooting says he believes he survived to help young people.

Steven McDonald spoke Tuesday to students at Blessed Sacrament School on Staten Island.

He says his mission now is to share Christian teachings, including a message of forgiveness.

He’s led by example, forgiving the teenager who shot him.

McDonald promised to help Shavod Jones. But he was killed in a motorcycle accident three days after he was released from prison in 1995.

According to the Staten Island Advance (https://bit.ly/1LkMnlh ), the school audience included seventh-grader Olivia Sweeney. She says McDonald inspires her to forgive and to value all people’s lives.

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Information from: Staten Island Advance, https://www.silive.com

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