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RSL Players Surprise Boy Wounded in Shooting That Killed His Mom and Brother, Give Him a Reason to Smile


"Nothing ever slows you down," Yura Movsisyan told the 11-year-old boy shot in an attack in Sandy, Utah, that killed his mom and brother. "Remember that."

Soccer isn’t always about winning. Sometimes, it’s about the common bond that brings athletes and spectators together — the hope of a brighter day.

Jon Cervantes knew 11-year-old Myles Rackley could use a brighter day or many brighter days after the shooting that wounded him and killed his mom and little brother, so he brought the boy and his father, Dustin Rackley, to the Real Salt Lake practice field where his favorite players greeted him and autographed jerseys.

“Seeing this kid smile, to bring back a smile after what happened, it’s nice,” Cervantes said. “I feel good about it.”

Lead image from Deseret News
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