City Grill Victim's Family Speaks Out

April 17, 2013 Updated Apr 17, 2013 at 7:28 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By John Borsa

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April 17, 2013 Updated Apr 17, 2013 at 7:28 AM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - On very rare days, Demario Vass gets to leave the confines of his hospital room to spend time with family and friends.

Vass was shot in the head almost three years ago when a Buffalo gang member fired 10 shots in 17 seconds outside the City Grille in Downtown Buffalo, killing four and injuring four.

And though Vass, a father of five, is unable to walk or talk and has been hospitalized at ECMC since, his family says it has not shattered his spirit.

"He don't walk and hi don't talk," said Vass' mother Linda McBride. "He was walking and talking and one point. I guess he had a setback. Now he's not doing anything."

McBride says Vass is back on a ventilator in the ICU at ECMC.He now communicates with facial gestures and eye signals.

"When I ask him a question, he'll shake his head," said Vass' sister Destinee McBride. "If it's a no, he'll shake his head no. If he wants something, he'll keep looking at you to try to get your attention."

Vass was shot in the head at the City Grill shooting. Three others were wounded. Four more died. Vass spent months in a coma.

24-year-old Riccardo McCray was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison without parole.

The oldest of seven siblings, Vass spent much of his life before the shootings taking care of his brothers and sisters.

"We grew up without a dad," said Vass' brother Robert McBride. "That's our dad. That's our father. He taught us everything."

Now, the family takes care of him by visiting everyday, hoping that soon, he'll be able to return home.