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Albany crime victim gets helping hand from community

The SOWEGA Council on Aging Ramp Builders and Albany police were busy at work Thursday building a ramp for the victim of a violent crime. (Source: WALB) The SOWEGA Council on Aging Ramp Builders and Albany police were busy at work Thursday building a ramp for the victim of a violent crime. (Source: WALB)
The ramp will help him get into his home on Alice Avenue. (Source: WALB) The ramp will help him get into his home on Alice Avenue. (Source: WALB)
"Ever since this happened it's been very hard for me, to get any type of help. So I'm blessed," said McGhee's mother Euchandra MCGhee. (Source: WALB) "Ever since this happened it's been very hard for me, to get any type of help. So I'm blessed," said McGhee's mother Euchandra MCGhee. (Source: WALB)
"And what a blessing they've been. Lifting. Well you can see them here. It's been a tremendous help," said R.S.V.P. Ramp Coordinator Jim Hill. (Source: WALB) "And what a blessing they've been. Lifting. Well you can see them here. It's been a tremendous help," said R.S.V.P. Ramp Coordinator Jim Hill. (Source: WALB)
"We are here with the community. We are giving. And anytime we can do anything positive to help somebody, we definitely want to be there," said Albany Police Lt. William Dowdell. (Source: WALB) "We are here with the community. We are giving. And anytime we can do anything positive to help somebody, we definitely want to be there," said Albany Police Lt. William Dowdell. (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Senior volunteers and Albany police today built a wheelchair ramp for an Albany man, paralyzed in a murder attempt.

Rashawn McGhee was shot ten times back in June and dumped on the side of Georgia Highway 3, and left to die.

Thursday, the community pitched in to make his recovery a little easier.

R.S.V.P. ramp builders had quite a chore building the ramp for the McGhee family. The front door is high, and the driveway a long drop below the house.

McGhee is paralyzed from the waist down, so the ramp means he will not be trapped inside the home, allowing some mobility.

"It means the world to me and him. We weren't able to get him in and out of the house. Ever since this happened it's been very hard for me, to get any type of help. So I'm blessed," said McGhee's mother Euchandra McGhee.

The ramp is a long three story affair.

Several Albany Police officers volunteered their time to help the senior volunteer builders.

"And what a blessing they've been. Lifting. Well you can see them here. It's been a tremendous help," said R.S.V.P. Ramp Coordinator Jim Hill.

For the police officers, the construction is a fun way to give back.

"We are here with the community. We are giving. And anytime we can do anything positive to help somebody, we definitely want to be there," said Albany Police Lt. William Dowdell.

Because of the size and length of his ramp, the teamwork between the police and the senior builders made this big job achievable.

"I just want to thank everybody. I'm blessed," said McGhee.

McGhee spent two months in the hospital, and now has been home about two months recovering from the attack. 

Four men were arrested in July and charged with kidnapping and shooting McGhee.

Investigators believe his shooting was in retribution for a debt owed by another person.

McGhee has a GoFundMe set up to cover medical expenses.

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