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Boy, 9, Meets No. 9 Rondo After Getting Grazed By Bullet

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Last week, a 9-year-old boy narrowly escaped injury when a stray bullet entered his bedroom in Dorchester and ripped a hole through his No. 9 Celtics jersey.

Yesterday, the professional wearer of that No. 9 jersey, point guard Rajon Rondo, met with 9-year-old Preston Jackson.

"It felt really good to meet Rondo," Preston said, according to the Celtics. "This was the best moment of my life. I'm always going to remember this." The team's site shows a photo of a wide-smiling Preston with his sister and Rondo.

Following the incident last week, Rondo arranged for Preston's family to visit the TD Garden and attend last night's home game, and Rondo gave Preston a new, autographed jersey.

"Preston was the victim of a senseless act and I didn’t want his love of basketball to be affected by what happened," Rondo said, according to the team. He added: "He’s a strong kid and I know he’s going to get through this tough time. Everyone is rooting for him."

WCVB-TV, which first reported the meeting with Rondo, said Preston indicated he's been having nightmares of last week's incident in his room.

This program aired on April 25, 2012. The audio for this program is not available.

Benjamin Swasey Twitter Digital Manager
Ben is WBUR's digital news manager.

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