Man shot during an attempted robbery shows he won’t be defined by violence; benefit concert planned for Sunday

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 10, 2016) – A community continues to heal after a young music teacher was shot during an attempted robbery in the Meridian Park neighborhood last August.

Zach Cardwell, 25, says he was loading his car for a day of teaching when three young men approached him. Zach thinks those men planned to rob him, but a weapon was fired right away, and Zach was shot the stomach. Police never caught the suspects.

After several surgeries and many months of healing, Zach is now back to performing and teaching music full time.

On Sunday, neighbors and friends plan to host a benefit concert to help pay for Zach’s medical bills, but Zach says the event is about much more than that.

“Raising money for my medical bills and lost income is secondary to the idea that our neighborhood is going to fight back, joining the current fight against violence,” Cardwell said.

“Along the way, Zach has shown us a lot of courage and grace and forgiveness and really he’s taught us a lot,” said Lee Smith, event organizer and family friend.

Those attending Sunday’s benefit concert are asked to bring a $10 donation:

  • “A New Leaf for Zach”
  • Concert & Celebration
  • Sunday, April 10th
  • 3 p.m.
  • Trinity Episcopal Church
  • 3243 North Meridian
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