EL CAJON, Calif. - The El Cajon Police Officers' Association went beyond the call of duty for a teenage boy who suffered life-threatening injuries while trying to save his mother's life.
The 15-year-old boy, nicknamed "Buddy", moved to El Cajon from Iraq last year after his father was kidnapped and presumed dead.
Police say his 20-year-old brother, Mohammed Raad Agab, stabbed his mother to death on May 30 and nearly killed Buddy when he tried to protect her.
In a little more than a year, Buddy lost both parents as well as a brother to murder charges, so the El Cajon Police Officers' Association stepped in.
"We need to do something, and all of us unanimously … the whole board agreed absolutely," said Officer Travis Howard, the group's vice president.
Howard got some money together and bought Buddy an iPad. The gesture, he admitted, was tiny compared to the boy's enormous loss.
"I think at first he was like, 'Is this to borrow?'" Howard said. "He wasn't sure. And I'm like, 'No, open it. This is yours.'"
The gift got a rare smile from Buddy, but his recovery will be long and difficult.
An uncle from Colorado has opened his home to the boy. Once again, Buddy will leave his home and everything he knows.
If you would like to donate to Buddy's recovery, you can contact Howard at firstname.lastname@example.org.