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Shooting leaves Lincoln Park father without his sight

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Sean Kelley lost his sight after being shot outside a Detroit nightclub in January. Sean Kelley lost his sight after being shot outside a Detroit nightclub in January.
LINCOLN PARK, Mich. (WJBK) -

A hardworking family is facing homelessness.  Their lives were changed by gun violence after the man of the house was shot in the head leaving him blind just a week after the birth of his son.

"I could see this evil face.  He squinted his eyes up, and he had this gapped tooth in his mouth, and he just shot the gun," said Sean Kelley.

Living in metro Detroit, you hear a lot about gun violence, but not much about the shattered lives gun violence leaves behind or the families left to pick up the pieces.

"I felt something rattling in my mouth.  It was the bullet in my mouth," Sean said.  "That was the last time I saw something."

Sean is completely blind.  He was shot January 12 leaving a nightclub in Detroit.  The bullet passed through his right temple destroying everything in its path and life as the Kelleys knew it.

"He took my taste, my smell," Sean said.  "I can't even enjoy my food.  I don't even know what it is."

Sean had to leave his job of 16 years at DTE Energy.  His wife had to quit her job to take care of the family.  The Kelleys have nine children between them, and the bills are pilling up.  Sean and his wife will be evicted from their Lincoln Park home on May 8.  They have nowhere to go and nothing but each other.

"I made a vow and went before God and said I'd be with my husband no matter what, through sickness, through wealth, through poor, and that's what I'm doing.  I'm keeping my word," Laronda Kelley said.

"I wonder why God allowed it to happen that way, but I appreciate... exactly how he orchestrated this," Sean said.

Such as being able to see his son for eight days.  He was born prematurely just a week before the shooting.  Even though he is growing, his father still knows his face, and he hopes to one day see it again, something doctors say could happen.

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