A 14-year old girl, Deserae Turner, was shot in the back of the head some four weeks ago. After being shot in the head, the girl was left for dead near Smithfield canal and her belongings including $50 robbed.
Now as two 16-year old boys have been found to be behind the assault, it has been made public that the boys who tried to kill her were the ones whom she counted as friends. When she regained consciousness, the first question she asked, how and why she was there. Another question that she fired at Smithfield Detective Brandon Muir was who was behind it. The detective said that he opted not to tell the girl the truth and instead left her father to answer her questions.
The detective said that when told as to who actually shot at her, she had an incredulous look. “She was surprised…She had a look of shock on her face”, the detective said.
A report in the Salt Lake Tribune said that the 1st District juvenile courtroom was presented with a video interview with Deserae Turner. This was among the most important evidences that was brought to the courtroom hearing for the 16-year-old boy who is said to have shot at the back of Deserae Turner’s head. Both boys are charged with attempted murder, aggravated robbery and obstructing justice. The two have also been accused of stealing the articles that the girl was carrying at the time of the shooting, including the money.
In the meantime, reports suggest that the cause for the assault is simply unbelievable. One of the teenagers complained to the other that Turner was actually “texting and Snapchatting him” too much. They, according to reports, finally concluded that the best way for them to stop her from communicating was killing her.
Meanwhile Cache County Attorney James Swink is quoted by the media outlets as saying that Turner should be commended for being able to answer questions after an incredibly traumatic experience, Fox 13 Salt Lake City reported. “Today we provided some testimony from Deserae and obviously she is in a weakened state…She was brave to tell him what she remembered happening.”
The shooting caused some good Samaritans to set up a GoFundMe page to help the Turner family meet the medical costs. Till now the campaign has collected $50,000 out of $75,000. The parents of the girl on the same page said, that they are thankful over survival of their daughter.
— Morgan Saxton (@KUTVMorgan) March 22, 2017
— infowe (@infowe) March 22, 2017
— FOX 13 News Utah (@fox13) March 22, 2017
Muir asks #DeseraeTurner for more about why the alleged shooter wanted to meet her. She says something, Muir asks if there’s more. “No”
— McKenzie Romero (@McKenzieRomero) March 21, 2017
“Through the blessings of our father in heaven Deserae is still with us and has made progress. We are so thankful for the hospital staff that have worked every minute of the last 19 days to keep Des alive and healing. Des is fighting so hard and we are grateful for the many small miracles along the way. Deserae has moved to the Neuro Trauma Unit. Her next steps include another surgery and extensive rehabilitation. Our sweet girl has been through so much as she battled for her life and this will be a battle she fights for a long time if not for the rest of her life. We are so grateful for all the support and prayers on Deserae’s behalf. We would like to thank our community and people all over the world for their prayers, love and support. We ask that you please continue to pray for her, our family and the other families associated with this tragedy”, the family said.