MAN DIES FROM WOUND 6 DECADES AFTER BEING SHOT
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA.» A man died of a gunshot wound nearly 60 years after the bullet was fired, a medical examiner says.
The Palm Beach County medical examiner determined John Henry Barrett, 77, died in May of an infection and complications related to the gunshot wound and ruled his death a homicide.
The 1958 shooting damaged Barrett’s spinal cord and left him partially paralyzed, requiring him to walk with a cane.
At age 19, Barrett was shot by a friend during a fight. The friend, who was not identified in the medical examiner’s report, served time in prison.
Court and law enforcement officials told the newspaper they could not find any records with information about the suspect or the shooting.
Barrett worked for three decades as a pastor and was a former executive director of the Pahokee Housing Authority.
Barrett told The Miami Herald in 1974 that the injury kept him from working in the fields, like many of his friends did — and that might have been a blessing.