Ralph Yarl, the boy who was shot after unintentionally ringing the wrong doorbell, has received a special invitation from Alicia Keys… TMZ has discovered.
Here’s how it works… Alicia Keys has a concert set in Kansas this July, and according to Lee Merritt, attorney for the Yarl family, the singer has requested Ralph to come out and meet her.
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As if that wasn’t enough, we’re informed Roc Nation also reached out to him, letting Ralph and the company know that the firm wants to help in any way it can.
Ralph’s family has felt the love from people all over the country, and they’ve set up a trust fund to collect all of the gifts. Shaun King, a writer and social justice advocate, is said to have assisted the Yarl family in finding someone to map out the financial support.
As previously reported, Ralph’s GoFundMe campaign gained traction (it has already received $3.4 million), and while there is no specific strategy for the money, the trust ensures that it will be there for Ralph when he needs it.
In addition, Ralph’s mother, Cleo, received emotional support from Ahmaud Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones… who is also represented by Merritt. She allegedly urged Cleo to rely on prayer and reminded her victims, including her son, that they had power.
Meanwhile, 84-year-old Andrew Lester, who shot Ralph twice, was charged with first-degree assault and armed criminal action.
We met with attorney Ben Crump after Lester was accused, and he explained why he believed the penalties were inappropriate for the offense.