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Utah teen shot in the head by classmates named homecoming queen

A Utah teen who survived getting shot in the head by two of her classmates and being left for dead in a ditch was named her schools homecoming queen.

Deserae Turner, 17, walked onto the field at Green Canyon High School in North Logan last Friday — decked out in a silver gown, a royal blue shawl and a tiara.

“I was just a homecoming queen, theres nothing special about that,” Turner told local station FOX 13. “But if you think about what Ive been through, yes — its very special. It is very awesome.”

Turner was only 14 in February 2017 when classmates Colter D. Peterson and Jayzon Decker concocted a plan to “get rid” of her as they played video games. Turner had been messaging Peterson on social media.

The pair lured Turner to an isolated dry canal bed behind a high school in Smithfield, about 90 miles north of Salt Lake City, then shot her and left her for dead in a ditch, prosecutors said.

Peterson is accused of pulling the trigger, and Decker, of encouraging him to do so.

Since then, Turner underwent 10 brain surgeries, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.

“She had to relearn everything,” her mom, April Turner, told the paper. “She is the most determined person I have ever known, and I saw it in her even as a toddler.”

Her fellow students elected her royalty last week, according to the report. Since the incident, she hasnt been able to go to school full-time, but she has been able to attend for three hours a Read More – Source

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