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Youth shot in Roxbury recovering

Gabriel Clark is being tutored at home until he can return to school.

Gabriel Clark is being tutored at home until he can return to school.

Gabriel Clarke, the 13-year-old shot on his way to church choir practice in Roxbury, is out of the hospital but is not expected to return to school for three or four weeks, his sister said.

“He’s recovering fast, walking around, and eating a lot,” said Shequana Clarke, 17.

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Gabriel was shot in the stomach on Humboldt Avenue at about 7 p.m. on Jan. 11, and spent a little over a week recovering at Boston Medical Center. The bullet, possibly a .22 caliber, damaged his intestines and is still lodged near his spine.

He was released from Boston Medical Center Jan. 19, his sister said.

Because he is expected to miss more than a month and a half of classes at the Mary E. Curley School in Jamaica Plain, where he is in the eighth grade, Gabriel will be tutored.

The teen and his mother, Shirley Clarke, are not staying in the family’s Roxbury home because of concerns for their safety, Shequana Clarke said.

Shirley Clarke was in choir practice at Berea Seventh-day Adventist Church Jan. 11 when she noticed her son, who is in the youth choir, was late.

She sent him a text message asking where he was around 7:10 p.m.and, about 10 minutes later, got a call from police saying a someone in a car pulled up to her son on Humboldt Avenue and shot him.

Officer James Kenneally, a Boston Police Department spokesman, said Saturday that the investigation remains active, but police have made no arrests.

Last week, Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis said investigators believe the shooting was gang-related, and that Gabriel was a random and innocent target.

There were 11 reported nonfatal shootings and one gun homicide in Boston between Jan. 1 and Thursday morning, the most recently available police statistics.

Last year, police counted 207 nonfatal shootings and 40 shooting homicides.

Gal Tziperman Lotan can be reached at gal.lotan@globe.
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