The lead from Fox News reads: “Man dies from bullet wound nearly 6 decades after being shot.”
John Henry Barrett was 77 when he died in Florida in May. The medical examiner for Palm Beach announced that Barrett died from “an infection and complications related to the gunshot wound” he received almost 60 years ago.
Barrett was shot at the age of 19, in 1958, by a friend in the middle of a fight. The event left him partially paralyzed, with damage to his spinal cord, requiring him to walk for a cane for most of the rest of his life. The shooter, who has not been named, served prison time; but, officials are reportedly unable to find records about the suspect or shooting.
Barrett became a pastor, working for 30 years as such as well as serving as executive director for the Pahokee Housing Authority, which provides Section 8 Public Housing.
His great-nephew said that Barrett didn’t often speak of the shooting and tried to live his life as normally as possible; but, he apparently would use the shooting as a way to inspire others.
Barrett gave an interview to The Miami Herald in 1974 stating that the injury prevented him from having to work in the fields, as most of his friends had to at the time. “If the accident hadn’t happened, I would have spent all of my life as a farm worker.”
In Florida, there is no statute of limitations on murder or felonies resulting in death, meaning that Barrett’s death has now been ruled a homicide.