The shooting caused severe traumatic brain injury and blindness in his right eye. Tristan, 39 years old, has not yet regained the use of the left side of his body and faces a long period of cognitive and physical rehabilitation and remains in a wheelchair.
However, in the last several months he has made significant strides forward, including regaining his ability to speak. He is currently staying at his family’s home in the Sierra foothills, and looking forward to reuniting with his extensive community in the Bay Area.
1- Can he talk?
2- What does he say? Does he know who he is?
3- What does his voice sound like? Is there heavy slurring? Does he have trouble formulating language?
4- How did Tristan communicate during the months before he was talking?
5- I hear he was in a coma.
6- What changed?
7- Has his personality changed? How has Tristan been most affected cognitively by the injury?
8- What parts of his body and brain were injured on March 13, 2009?
9- How has he been affected physically?
10- Will he walk again?
11- What is daily life like for you guys at the Rehabilitation Center?
12- Does he ever get out of the hospital?
13- How is he handling this emotionally?
14- Are you still seeing improvement in his abilities?
15- Is he still in critical condition?
16- Is he pretty much independent now or does he need a lot of help?
17- What’s happening with the court cases?
18- What is the basis of your appeal to re-open the criminal case?
19- Is there anything we can do to help demand justice for Tristan?
Basem was killed while calling to soldiers that this was a non-violent demonstration and telling them to stop shooting at an Israeli woman protester who’d been injured. Akil died coming to the aid of a sixteen year old boy who’d been shot in the spine.