Teen survivor of rampage makes strides
The teenage girl who survived a mass shooting in Kalamazoo last month continues to show improvement during rehabilitation.
Abigail Kopf was one of two people to survive the shooting rampage Feb. 20 in which six people died. The first person shot, Tiana Carruthers, 25, also is recovering. .
Abigail’s father said Monday that the 14-year-old continues to make strides.
“Abigail is climbing out of bed on her own and walking entirely on her own,” said Gene Kopf in an update on “Abigail’s Fight For Survival,” the GoFundMe page set up for her. “She refuses to be followed by a wheelchair.”
Kopf continued: “She is speaking, but is a whisper, and she is eating soft foods.”
“We now have a chance to stop this most vile act from prevailing over the most innocent and best of us,” he said. “The story cannot end here.”
More than$64,000 in donations had been raised as of Monday to help with medical expenses.
Kopf, of Battle Creek, was shot in the head Feb. 20 at a Cracker Barrel restaurant after going to a show at Western Michigan.
Uber driver Jason Dalton has admitted to three of shootings while he picked up passengers for the ride-hailing service .
Dalton, 45, was charged last month with six counts of murder and two counts of assault with intent to murder in the shootings at an apartment complex, car lot and the restaurant.
Well-wishers like Elisabeth Barton wrote to Kopf on the GoFundMe page: “I was really touched by your dad’s telling of your story on the BBC news this morning. I think you are a very brave girl and I hope that you get better very soon.”
On Monday, organizers of a benefit concert Friday in Kalamazoo for Carruthers said they had raised about $18,000 for the young mother who was shot multiple times in the rampage. She has been called a hero for shielding nearby children from the shooting.
In a videotaped message, Carruthers thanked her well-wishers.
“I’m doing well,” she said. “I’m on the road to recovery. It’s amazing to see the community coming together after this event. The love is true, the love is real and it’s there and I just want to say thank you.”