NEW YORK (PIX11) – A 13-year-old boy shot in the shot while waiting for a bus inspired countless New Yorkers with his remarkable composure, seemingly unshakable faith and all-around positivity in the face of violence.
And on Thursday night, he continued to lift spirits: this time with his voice, singing the National Anthem to kick off the Mets-Yankees Subway Series game at Citi Field.
Droiville along with the French Speaking Choir earned a standing ovation, and fans received much more than a baseball game.
“I got goose bumps hearing him. It’s amazing to see him up there,” said Marvin Garcia, a Mets fan in the crowd.
Droiville had a few words to say after the big performance. He said he was a bit nervous and had a long day.
“It was great. It was an honor,” he said.
It was just last month when the teen was hit by a stray bullet at a bus stop in East Flatbush. Gunfire struck him in the eye.
Doctors said it is a miracle he survived. He may one day even regain limited sight in his injured eye.
Droiville said he will continue to speak out against gun violence. A fundraiser has been created for the young teen’s education – he wants to study immigration law — and for the rehabilitation he now needs.