Shooting victim's dad speaks out as community supports son


Plans continue being made for a vendor carnival in honor of a Berks County boy who continues his recovery from a shooting earlier this summer.

The Lil' Mel Parker STRONG Vendor Carnival and Muhlenberg Block Party will take place on Sunday, October 13, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. at the South Temple Playground, 4145 Kutztown Road.

Activities will include raffles, carnival games, face painting, kids haircuts, and a bake sale.

Anyone interested in donating to the event, setting up a vendor table, or providing items for the bake sale or raffles can email

All proceeds from the event will go to Melvin, who has "progressed tremendously" with his recovery since being shot in Reading on July 19, according to family members.

"It's a miracle he's still holding on," an aunt posted on Facebook on Monday. "He's such a strong boy that will continue to fight."