Paralyzed NYPD Detective Steven McDonald dies

New York Police Department Detective Steven McDonald, who

New York Police Department Detective Steven McDonald, who was paralyzed by a bullet and became an international voice for peace after he publicly forgave the gunman, has died at the age of 59. (Credit: News 12)

NEW YORK - (AP) - New York Police Department Detective Steven McDonald, who was paralyzed by a bullet and became an international voice for peace after he publicly forgave the gunman, has died at the age of 59.
    
The New York Police Department says McDonald died Tuesday at a Long Island hospital, where he'd been admitted after a recent heart attack.
    
When he was shot three decades ago, doctors told his wife, Patti McDonald, that he wouldn't live through the afternoon.
    
In the years after the shooting, McDonald became one of the world's foremost pilgrims for peace. He took his message of forgiveness to Israel, Northern Ireland and Bosnia.

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1/10/2017 1:57:06 PM (GMT -5:00)

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