The family of a teen who was fighting for his life after he was shot and killed by a San Antonio police officer in a McDonald’s parking lot said their prayers were answered after he was finally released from the hospital.
Eric Cantu, 17, is back in time for Thanksgiving after arriving home nearly two months after his accident, his family confirmed in a statement Wednesday.
Cantu was shot multiple times by Texas Police Officer James Brenand while reversing his car while eating a hamburger on October 2.
Cantu’s parents said they’ve been “over the moon with his progression these past two weeks” but that he “still has a long way to go.”
A GoFundMe account set up for Cantu (pictured) has raised $47,000 so far. On Wednesday, his family wrote: “He’s home! We believed in the Lord and counted on all your prayers to see this day!”
“Our family’s prayers have been answered and we are so grateful to have our son, Eric, at home with us,” the family said in a statement shared on Twitter by their attorney, Ben Crump.
They added: “It means the world for us to be able to spend Thanksgiving as a family outside the hospital walls where we have been living since Eric’s horrific injuries.
‘Thank you for so many blessings this week – Eric’s strength, everyone who supported us during Eric’s stay in the hospital and God’s blessing. Thank you so much.’
A GoFundMe account set up for Cantu has raised $47,000 to date.
Cantu (pictured) will now be able to enjoy Thanksgiving after returning home nearly two months after the shooting at the hands of Texas Police Officer James Brenand. His family said: This is Eric’s miracle!
Cantu’s uncle, Ruben Carranko, previously released a letter saying the teen “remains in critical condition and is on life support” at San Antonio University Hospital, describing his injuries as “serious.”
He said the money raised will be used to pay Kanto’s medical bills and help his parents provide care.
Earlier this month, the family said he was awake and interacting with people after coming off a ventilator, the San Antonio Express News reported.
Police later said Brennand was responding to a disturbance when he spotted the teen in a car they believed had passed him during a traffic stop attempt the day before.
After the incident, the 27-year-old rookie police officer was charged with two counts of aggravated assault by an officer and was shot by the police.
Police said Brennand failed to follow police procedures and training after he approached the car, which they said was stolen.
Officer Brennand (pictured left) was charged with two counts of aggravated assault and was shot by police. In body camera footage released by the police, Brennand opens his car door and orders Cantu (pictured right) to get out
Although the car’s license plates matched the car’s, police said it was not stolen.
In body camera footage released by the police, Brennand opens his car door and orders Cantu out.
The car then reverses with the door open and the officer shoots at the car several times and continues to do so as the car drives away.
A GoFundMe post from the Cantu family said on Wednesday, “He’s home! We’ve accepted faith in the Lord and counted on all of your prayers to see this day!”
We didn’t know what the future held for weeks.
“Today, with faith, prayer, family, love, amazing doctors and nurses along with so many rehabs to come, we know our miracle has a chance!!
“This is Eric’s miracle!”