Man shot in jaw surprised by high school classmates

CREATED Jul 2, 2014

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MILWAUKEE - Claudiare Motley was shot in the face, while he was back in town for his high school reunion last month. It happened during an attempted car jacking near 63rd Street and Capitol Drive. On Wednesday night, his classmates surprised him with the party he missed. 

Members of Milwaukee Tech’s class of ’89 say they have much more than just the reunion to celebrate. They’re giving thanks that Motley is alive. 

“He knows we love him,” says Alina Cunningham. “We were so distraught. It’s so good to see he’s okay.”

You could see the shock on Motley’s face when he walked into a room full of family and old high school friends. 

"It brings joy to my heart to see everyone,” he says. 

Motley’s physical scars will take a long time to heal.  Doctors had to perform a 10-hour surgery and put a metal rod in his jaw, where he was shot.

“When I was driving myself to the hospital and gushing blood, the only thing I could think of was how I needed to stay alive and see my family again,” Motley says.

Claud is the father of three children. His oldest daughter, Deiva, is haunted by what happened.

“Suddenly, I get this call that my dad has been shot,” the 17-year-old says. “So many things were going through my mind. I didn’t know if he was okay. I had to comfort my little brother and sister.”

Immediately, Deiva called her mom, who is a lawyer working in Afghanistan.

“I got a frantic call from my daughter,” Kimberley Motley says. “The connection wasn’t very good. She was crying, and I couldn’t understand what she was saying. But then, I made sense of it, and felt so helpless. My heart sank.”

It took Kimberly two days to fly home to Milwaukee from Afghanistan. She is now determined to help fight this violence that almost killed her husband.

“My priority is making sure my husband gets justice for what happened to him, and that they find the people who did this to him,” she says. "I talk with investigators every day, and they have some very strong leads in this case."