American activist who became a household name after being the victim of a violent crime in Detroit, Michigan. His story was featured in a two part mini documentary produced by Steve Berra and Eric Koston titled Aberrican Me: Ross Capicchioni.
At the age of 17 he was led to a bad area in Detroit's notorious east side. He was escorting an individual that he considered to be a friend who ended up shooting him 3 times at point blank range in an apparent gang initiation crime.
He has often referred to skateboarding as one of the major factors that helped him on the road to recovery during his stint in physical therapy.
He is from Michigan.
Both he and John O'Leary took life threatening situations and turned them into learning experiences for the masses.