Brewers to honor boy paralyzed in mass shooting

by Daryn Albert - The Milwaukee Brewers will hang a No. 22 'Roberts' jersey in their dugout on Friday night in honor of 8-year-old shooting victim, Cooper Roberts, who was paralyzed from the waist down during a July 4 mass shooting in Highland Park, Illinois.

Milwaukee Brewers to honor 8-year-old boy paralyzed during July 4 mass shooting 3:30 PM ET Jesse RogersESPN Staff Writer Close Jesse joined ESPN Chicago in September 2009 and covers MLB for ESPN.com. The Milwaukee Brewers will hang a No. 22 'Roberts' jersey in their dugout on Friday night in honor of 8-year-old shooting victim, Cooper Roberts, who was paralyzed from the waist down during a July 4 mass shooting in Highland Park, Illinois. Additionally, the team is giving Cooper and his twin brother Luke, who suffered minor injuries, each an authentic City Connect jersey signed by the team while former MVP Christian Yelich recorded a video to be shared with Roberts and his family. Cooper, his mom and brother were all shot on Monday during a July 4 parade which killed seven people and injured dozens more. Miller Park, where the Brewers play, is approximately 70 miles north of Highland Park. The shooting shocked the community which is located about 23 miles north of Wrigley Field and 30 miles north of Guaranteed Rate Field. MLB contemplated canceling Monday's game between the White Sox and Minnesota Twins , but instead toned down the night's activities including canceling the postgame fireworks display. The White Sox had moments of silence in honor of the victims both Monday and Tuesday. According to reports, Roberts is paralyzed from the waist down after getting shot in the spine but is alert and 'improving.' Milwaukee hosts the Pittsburgh Pirates for a series beginning on Friday night.