Supporters of a Pleasant Prairie teenager who was robbed and shot in his own bedroom are holding a fundraiser to help make his home more accessible.
The United of Jared #79 fundraiser will be May 4 at the Lanes on 20 bowling alley in Mount Pleasant.
Jared Loetz, then 15, was at home in his room in the Westwood Estates neighborhood on Oct. 22, 2018, when, according to a criminal complaint alleges, his 19-year-old neighbor Justin Stapleton came to Loetz’s bedroom window.
Stapleton allegedly demanded that Loetz turn over a gaming system and his Air Jordan shoes. Loetz complied, but was shot multiple times.
Stapleton was charged with attempted first-degree homicide and is awaiting trial.
The shooting damaged Loetz’s spine, and he has since been using a wheelchair.
Supporters hope to raise money to help Loetz’s family cover medical needs that haven’t been covered by insurance and to make the family’s home more accessible.
“His home will need to be outfitted to meet his needs, ensuring he can continue to grow and be independent,” the fundraiser ad states.
The United for Jared #79 bowling fundraiser will be held May 4 from 3 to 6 p.m. at The Lanes on 20, 6501 Washington Ave. in Mount Pleasant. Along with bowling, there will be raffles and a bake sale.
The No. 79 refers to Loetz’s jersey number as he played football for Indian Trail High School.
There is also an online fundraiser at www.gofundme.com/united-for-jared-loetz-79