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A 23-year-old Beatrice man who was paralyzed from his shoulders down after a bullet tore through his spine last month has focused his recovery on his hands.

Boston Bieler, a father of two children younger than 3 years old, wants to hold them again and someday detail cars, his older sister Cherokee Bieler said Friday.

"I don’t care about my legs. I just want to get my arms back,” Boston has said, according to his sister.

Bieler has been at Bryan West Campus in Lincoln since he was shot in the early morning of March 11 at a home on the outskirts of Beatrice.

Gage County Sheriff's investigators believe Bieler was shot by Nathan King, 32, who lives at the house, following an argument, according to court documents. King was arrested that morning and charged later with attempted murder, use of a firearm to commit a felony, second-degree assault and terroristic threats.

Friday, King's attorney, Justin Kalemkiarian of Lincoln, said he is conducting his own investigation in the case and has no additional comment on the allegations.

Cherokee Bieler thought her brother was going to die in her arms that night, she said.

She was at the house and remembers holding him and putting pressure on the wound, which she believes kept him from bleeding out, the 25-year-old said.

Her family, which lives in Marysville, Kansas, has been making the 1-hour, 20-minute drive to Lincoln regularly since the shooting, she said.

Their mother has been in Lincoln "constantly," Cherokee Bieler said. Their father goes back and forth either every day or every other day.

A car dealership in Marysville loaned the family a camper to help offset lodging costs, she said. The family has also set up fundraisers to help cover costs for the hotel rooms they rented early on and to help pay campground fees.

Cherokee Bieler has been coming up on weekends because she runs a day care, she said.

The family has also set up an online fundraiser for Bieler, who faces unexpected medical bills and costs as he adjusts to his new normal, she said.

Anyone interested in donating to the fundraisers can find them at

The time frame for Bieler's recovery isn't set, his sister said. And doctors have made no assurances that he'll regain full use of his extremities, she said.

But a physical therapist has detected movement in his biceps when he tries to flex, even if it doesn't show, she said. That's instilled hope in the outdoorsman, who also enjoys working on his truck.

He wants to hold his toddler son and infant daughter in his arms, his sister said.

"He’s strong, and he’s stubborn," she said, "so I think he’ll be able to do that."

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Riley Johnson reports on breaking news and public safety issues in Lincoln and southeast Nebraska.

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