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Thursday, March 22, 2007

Update on Jessie Sapp's Sister


Steveasha, then 13, was the innocent victim of a random shooting in a Harlem playground. The Hoyas were scheduled to play Florida the next day in the Sweet 16 game when Sapp learned his sister was in Lenox Hill Hospital. His first thought was to fly home and be by the side of his sister, who had dreams of becoming a forensic scientist or a model. But Steveasha, who plays basketball at Harlem Zone Promise Academy, wouldn't hear of it. Although barely able to speak because of the bullet that had entered her back and existed through her jaw, Steveasha made it clear to her family she wanted Jessie to remain with the Hoyas. "It means a lot to me to see Jessie out there playing,'' Steveasha told The Post in her first interview since the shooting. "I want him to make something of his life, and I want to make something of my life. To see him playing at a school like Georgetown is the one of the best things that ever happened to me."

The attractive, 5-7 young woman with a model's figure, who still must undergo two more oral surgeries, remains a little too self-conscious about her missing two front teeth to be seen in front of thousands of people cheering for her brother.

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