5-Year-Old Boy Thrown Off Mall of America Balcony Is Walking Again and Back in School

Landen Hoffman, 5, was thrown off of a balcony at the Mall of America this summer and his family worried he would not heal from his injuries. Thankfully, Landen has made great strides in his recovery and is now walking again and is back in school.

His family shared an update on his progress on their GoFundMe page, which was set up after the incident and raised more than $1 million for his recovery.

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Landen Hoffman, 5, was thrown off a balcony at the Mall of America. Fortunately, he is now walking again and back in school after recovery.

“He loves being back to school and going to kindergarten at the same school his twin brother and sister go to. He gets out of the car every morning happy and blows kisses all the way in! He’s a strong, happy boy,” his family wrote in the update.

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Landen Hoffman: 5-Year-Old Boy Thrown Off Mall of America Balcony Is Walking Again and Back in School
Landen Hoffman / Credit: GoFundMe

Landen continues to go to many doctor appointments and will most likely need a number of surgeries throughout his life as a result of a two-time broken femur and an open wound on his stomach.

“He has good memories of all the people who loved him and cared for him in the hospital, so to him follow-up appointments are fun,” the family shared.

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“The whole family feels the love and are so grateful for the prayers and people like you who care so much about others!” they continued. “There was one bad person, but from that came millions of good people!”

Landen was thrown over the balcony by Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, 25. Aranda has since pleaded guilty to attempted premeditated first-degree murder and was sentenced to 19 years in prison.

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Landen Hoffman: 5-Year-Old Boy Thrown Off Mall of America Balcony Is Walking Again and Back in School
Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda / Credit: Bloomington Police Department

According to People, Aranda went to the Mall of America “looking for someone to kill” and felt “driven to violence” after women he tried to speak to at the mall rejected him.

Landen’s recovery continues, including physical therapy appointments and medication, but his progress so far has been remarkable.

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