Quentin Jack, 13, wheeled his chair out of Jackson Rehabilitation Hospital to attend his mother's viewing at a funeral home in North Miami Beach, Friday.
Quentin, a seventh-grader at North Miami Middle, has been paralyzed from the waist down since his dark family secret exploded into a horrific night of violence. He was shot twice in a domestic murder-suicide Nov. 20th.
"When he shot me I didn't feel the blood. I just couldn't feel my legs,'' said Quentin, hailed a hero by North Miami Beach police.
He took the second bullet when he put himself between a gunman and his two-year-old brother Kristian Jack.
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Doctors don't know if he'll walk again.
"I take care of my brothers,'' Quentin mumbled from his wheelchair.
A moment before Quentin's courageous act, the gunman had shot his brother Xavier Jack, 9, sister Ashleigh Jack, 14, and killed his mother Evelina "Lina" Jack, 32, who was six to eight weeks pregnant.
The gunman was not a stranger. He was his mother's boyfriend Mark Glinton, 37, who had worked as a security guard at Mia at Biscayne in downtown Miami.
Xavier, a fourth-grader at Natural Bridge Elementary, suffered gunshot wounds to his stomach and side. Ashleigh, an eighth-grader at North Miami Middle, was shot three times.
Xavier managed to run to a neighbor's home for help. He heard the gunshots from his neighbor's home. Ashleigh stayed in the house and dialed 911.
Quentin heard when Glinton committed suicide in another room, as he laid bleeding until a SWAT unit arrived.
Jacks's children, who are all from different fathers, are all still recovering from their wounds. Their emotional scars run deep. Glinton had an arrest history of domestic violence.
With Glinton now dead, the children were able to tell police their horror stories. They said Glinton had beat them and their mother before. They said they had seen him hold their mother at gunpoint before.
Wils Dorleus, Xavier's father, said he's just learning about the extent of violence in the household.
"He said `Daddy I was scared to tell you that he beat me, he beat all of us and mommy. I didn't want him to beat you too,' '' Dorleus said, choking back tears.
The North Miami Beach Police Department hailed Quentin a hero, and they are asking the public to reward him and help comfort his siblings this Christmas.
North Miami Beach police detective Cora Lee Mann, the lead investigator on the case, has become a godmother of sorts for the kids.
"I've been a detective since 2000, and this case doesn't compare to any other ... We've had murder-suicides before. But this is the first case we've had where the perpetrator purposefully targets the kids," said Mann. "The relatives who are going to take care of the kids need monetary things to help them out.''
That night changed everything for Quentin. He will no longer be able to spend as much time as he used to with his siblings.
Ashleigh's father lives in Haiti, but their grandmother is trying to get custody of her. Xavier, Kristian and Quentin's fathers live in the Miami area, so they are likely to get custody of the boys. Quentin's father Lucson Auguste, a former electrical engineer, and Xavier's father Dorleys are unemployed.
Quentin's little brother Kristian is with a paternal grandmother. His brother Xavier left his side at the hospital wearing a back brace and using a walker. Quentin has been undergoing physical therapy and playing video games at the hospital. It is not clear when he will be released, or if he will ever get to play basketball again.
"Things will work out. They'll work out because they have to,'' said Auguste, who lost his job after a motorcycle accident limited his ability to climb ladders. He is looking for work and a wheelchair-accessible home.
Jack's viewing began at 9 a.m. and will end at 4 p.m. Friday at the Wright & Young Funeral Home, 15332 NW Seventh Ave. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the Fulford United Methodist Church, 1900 NE 164th St. The burial in Augusta, Ga., will be a few days later.