The 19-year-old's best friend was shot and killed during a neighborhood feud in 2011, according to the New York Daily News. A year later, his family was evicted from their home in the Bronx and forced to live in a shelter for the next six months.
And on Jan. 20, he'll be first lady Michelle Obama's guest at the 2015 State of the Union address in Washington, D.C., USA Today reported.
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