Texans defensive end J.J. Watt visited an 11-year-old boy struck in a drive-by shooting in a Houston hospital on Monday, KPRC reports.
Manuel Jimenez, 11, was a victim of a drive-by shooting in southeast Houston on Friday morning. He was sleeping in his home during the shooting and survived, but his 6-year-old brother, Moises, did not.
Manuel’s mother, Elizabeth Garcia, told KPRC that Watt’s visit boosted Manuel’s spirits and has motivated him to recover even faster. Watt played Wii video games with Manuel, signed autographs and offered some words of encouragement to the young boy.
“It was hard to see him so sad and then suddenly, his face, now we see him and he’s smiling,” Garcia told KPRC. “He started breathing, hesitating to breath and they’re like, ‘Calm down Manuel, calm down Manuel.’ My son’s like, ‘You’re my favorite! I love you!’”