A year on, family of MOA balcony boy say they're 'living proof that miracles happen'

The family of the boy attacked at MOA last April posted an update on the one-year anniversary.
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The family of Landen, the boy thrown from a third-story balcony at the Mall of America in April 2019, posted an update a year to the day of the horrific incident.

In the update of Landen's GoFundMe page on Easter Sunday, his family thanked everyone for their support and stated that Landen is "living proof that miracles happen."

"One year ago today, a man tried to destroy our family," Landon's mother wrote. "I witnessed hate and sin in the worst way a mother possibly could."

The then 5-year-old was visiting the Mall of America when 24-year-old Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda approached and threw him off a third-story balcony. Aranda pled guilty to first-degree attempted murder and was sentenced to 19 years in prison.

Landen suffered multiple injuries that required several surgeries but returned home five months later and in an update posted last November, the family revealed that he is "walking perfectly."

The GoFundMe to help support Landon's recovery has raised over $1 million.

"Landen’s story will be told in full one day when we are all ready to share it," Landen's mother wrote. "In the meantime, we are eternally thankful for all the love and support we still feel. Please share in our hope for the future, not just for Landen but for the world."

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