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Teen shot in head overcomes challenges to walk at graduation

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William Harper was shot during a home invasion last year. (WSMV) William Harper was shot during a home invasion last year. (WSMV)
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

William Harper was shot in the head last year during a home invasion, causing him to be unable to talk, walk or move one of his arms.

On Friday, the Nashville teen will be celebrating a huge milestone in his life.

Harper has been through intense therapy and a couple surgeries since he was shot in the head last year. He had to relearn so many of the functions that many take for granted.

Now, Harper is getting ready to graduate from East Nashville Magnet High School.

On Friday morning, the 18-year-old joined his class at Belmont University for the graduation rehearsal.

On Friday night, during the real ceremony, he plans on proudly walking across the stage and accepting his diploma, which is something he wouldn't have been able to have done even just a few months ago.

This has been a long road to recovery and is still far from over.

Last January, two masked men armed with guns broke into his family's north Nashville home. Harper heard commotion and ran out of the back bedroom to help, which startled the attackers. They shot him in the head and ran away.

Harper said he's proud of all the work he has had to do to get to this point.

"This feels like a big accomplishment. I feel like I beat the people who shot me," he said.

His mother, Samica Payne, is beaming with pride.

"I'm really gonna be proud when he walks across that stage. That's gonna be the defining moment for me. He's working hard. It's been a long, slow process. He's come a long way, still has a long way to go, but with the support he has, I believe he's gonna make it," she said.

Harper plans on going to college in Florida.

His high school graduation is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Friday.

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