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Teen Survives Bullet To The Head, Is Happy To Be Alive (Photo)

| by Shani Shahmoon

The last thing Deserae Turner remembers from the day she was shot in the head was helping a couple of friends search for a ring in a muddy canal, where she was later found left for dead.

Much to Deserae's surprise, she later learned that there was, in fact, no missing ring. 

Two 16-year-old boys who were plotting to murder Deserae made up the scenario to get the young girl to turn around so they could "get rid of her," The Salt Lake Tribune reported.

After nine weeks of intensive medical attention, Deserae left the hospital on April 20 to go home with her family, the Independent Review Journal reported.

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The 14-year-old later entered a press conference in a wheelchair and with a brace on her leg. Her hair was buzzed. But what stood out more than her wounds was her smile and the word "happy" printed on her shirt.

“It says 'happy,' and I’m happy to go home," Deserae explained to reporters.

The phrase on the back of the shirt was read by April Turner, Deserae's mother.

It said, "There are so many beautiful reasons to be happy."

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Throughout the conference, Deserae kept a smile on her face and shared her excitement with the audience about how she was looking forward to spending time with her family's animals.

She and her family cited their faith and the support from others and expressed tremendous gratitude for the hospital staff that helped along the way.

Once she woke up from a medically induced coma, Deserae recalled her last memory.

On Feb. 16, in Cache County, Utah, she met a friend at a dried up canal by the school she attended. She had intended to buy a pocketknife from the male classmate. To her surprise, the friend had brought another boy with him. She would later identify them both by name to the interviewing police officer.

The last thing she remembers was helping search for a "missing" ring. Then she woke up in the hospital.

Police later interviewed the two boys.

One was reportedly showing signs of nervousness, so the interviewer told him that Deserae had died to see the reactions. The suspect then came clean and admitted to shooting the 14-year-old girl.

The shooter's statement explained that he and a friend were playing video games at home weeks prior when he expressed his frustration with Deserae messaging him on Snapchat.

His friend told him that he could easily kill her to end the conversation. Initially, the first boy said he thought it was a joke, but the conversation eventually grew into a plan.

The two boys are now being charged with first-degree felony attempted aggravated murder and aggravated robbery, and four counts each of second-degree felony obstructing justice, KSTU reported.

The two boys had faced preliminary trials in March, and are expected in court again in early May to determine if they will be tried as adults or juveniles.

Sources: Independent Journal Review, The Salt Lake Tribune, KSTU / Photo credit: PixabayKUTV 2News/Twitter

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