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Prayer service held for teen shot in Brentwood park


July 8, 2009 by TIMOTHY ROBERTSON / Special to Newsday

The Bautista family has prayed for a miracle since last month when Wilson Bautista Jr. was shot in the eye while playing hoops in a Brentwood park.

Wednesday the Bautistas weren’t alone.

Just steps from where Wilson, 13, was shot on the night of June 15 at Timberline Park in Brentwood, relatives, friends and supporters joined the family for a somber prayer service.

“God is the only one who has the answer for what the future is for . . . [Wilson],” his mother, Ramona, said through an interpreter at the service Wednesday night. “I am asking God for a miracle.”

Nearly 100 people gathered in the park for the service, which included representatives from Long Island churches and mosques.

“One of your children needs your interference,” said the Rev. Roderick Pearson, the president of the Town of Islip NAACP, during the service.

Police still say they have no suspects in the shooting, which happened as Wilson played basketball with friends on a court in the park.

He has remained in a coma since the shooting and has had other complications. Blood clots have formed in his lungs and his legs, preventing surgeons from operating, Ramona Bautista said.

But, she added, she has noticed slight improvement.

Since the shooting, neither Ramona Bautista or Wilson’s father, Wilson Bautista Sr., have returned to their jobs. They’ve spent all their time at the hospital at his side.

Wednesday night they pleaded with whoever shot Wilson to come forward.

“You have to pay for whatever you did,” Ramona Bautista said. “One day you will get married, and I know you want nothing to happen to one of your kids like what happened to my son.”

Wilson’s father is a custodian at Southside Hospital in Bay Shore who usually works 80 hours a week, and Wilson’s mother is an employee for a perfume company. They now are looking for help with their finances from the community.

Legis. Ricardo Montano (D- Central Islip) said the family is looking at tapping into the New York State Crime Victims Compensation fund. They are receiving help making their house payments from a nonprofit community group, but don’t know how much more treatment their medical insurance will cover.

“I don’t know how long the insurance will be for,” Wilson’s mother said. “It’s a long way to improve.”

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