A lot has been reported since last week's horrifying shooting at Umpqua Community College. However, one victim of the mass shooting appears to be on the road to recovery.
Well that's good to hear!
On Thursday, Ana Boylan was in class with her good friend Cheyeanne Fitzgerald when the shooter barged in and began firing.
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Ana's brother Korre, shared:
"She doesn't remember exactly when she got hit, but assumes it was in the initial firing. He asked all of them to move to the center of the room, he went around systematically asking people what their religion was."
How scary! Apparently, after the freshman was shot she laid still on the ground convincing the attacker that she was dead.
Her brother continued:
"He said, blond girl in the black jacket, get up. He asked Cheyeanne, 'Is your friend alive or dead?' and she said she didn't know. He left my sister, assuming she was dead, and continued to commit the act."
The bullet luckily JUST missed Miz Boylan's spinal cord and lungs — but her injuries were still extreme enough that she was one of the three victims who were airlifted for more intensive care. Still, it seems she's doing much better now!
The student may be able to walk again but it may be sometime before she's coped with the trauma of the incident. Who could even blame her?
"Her sense of security is shattered. Her sense of trust in strangers will never be the same. I can see in her eyes that she's in shock about what she did see and hear. She was an innocent young 18-year-old girl, ready to take on the world with an open mind, and he took that away from her."
Nonetheless, we're so impressed with Ana's insight following her experience.
"That saying about living life every day as if it's your last – [Ana] said she always heard people say it and she never understood what that meant until this happened. She is so sad and her heart is with the community and all the families going through this. She wants people to be strong, be brave and we're going to get through this together."
Our thoughts are with Ana and the other victim's during this trying time.
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