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Donald “DJ” Maiden Jr., 8, was shot in the face while playing outside his home, Sept. 3.

Donald “DJ” Maiden Jr., 8, was shot in the face while playing outside his home, Sept. 3.

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Justice for DJ

Community gathers to support 8-year-old shot in the face

In the Walgreens parking lot at the corner of Royal Lane and Abrams Road, friends and family of 8-year-old Donald Maiden Jr. gathered for a daylong Justice for DJ Block Party on Saturday to raise funds for his medical bills. Maiden, or “DJ” as his friends call him, was shot in the jaw Sept. 3 while playing outside his home in the La Bella Palms Apartments, across from the Walgreens. The shooter, 46-year-old Brian Cloninger, was charged with injury to a child and remains jailed on a $2.2 million bond.