LOGAN — After nine weeks in the hospital, Deserae Turner returned to her home in Amalga Thursday afternoon, escorted by law enforcement cruisers.
The 14-year-old girl along with her parents, Matt and April, held a press conference at Primary Children’s Medical Center, just before leaving.
Deserae expressed gratitude to the doctors and nurses who had taken care of her over the last two-months. She also thanked the community, who had helped care of her family while she was hospitalized.
“I have been working really hard and still have a lot of work to do,” Deserae said. “I told my Dad that I am tougher than a bullet. It is still with me today but I am here and get to go home today.”
This was the first time Deserae had spoken publicly since allegedly being shot in the head by two 16-year-old boys and left in a ditch, east of Sky View High School. Her curly hair was cut short and had a limp in her step, as she and her family walked into the press conference.
Deserae was wearing a white t-shirt the word “Happy” on the front. She talked about how surprising it was that so many people cared and prayed for her recovery.
“I thought that it would just be kind of local, like my little town but no. Everybody knows about me.”
Deserae said she was most excited to see her animals and horses at home.
Matt Turner said his daughter had battled for her life and to complete daily tasks. He called her a fighter, saying he and his wife look forward to having their family together again.
“God can use even the worst actions of human kind to set free the very best of humanity. We have seen and felt the very best of humanity touch our families life over the past several weeks. We know our Heavenly Father has heard your prayers and those from around the world. We thank you and will be forever grateful.”
The two juveniles suspected of shooting Deserae have been bound over for trial, ordered to each face six charges including attempted aggravated murder, attempted burglary and obstructing justice. A judge will determine in May if they will be tried as adults. They both remain in the Juvenile Detention Center.
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