Teen Shooting Survivor in Kalamazoo Says First Word

Abigail Kopf continues to improve
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 14, 2016 2:25 PM CDT
Teen Shooting Survivor in Kalamazoo Says First Word
Abigail Kopf, right, is shown with her sister in a picture the Kopf family provided on GoFundMe.   (GoFundMe)

The 14-year-old victim of the Kalamazoo shooting rampage who was thought to be dead until she squeezed her mom's hand has now said her first word since the shooting. "This little girl loves her pig named Hamlet. Tonight, Abbie spoke her first word. It was 'pig,'" Kopf's dad said per a recent GoFundMe update. The campaign has so far raised almost $60,000 for Kopf's expenses.

Kopf, whose grandmother was killed in the Michigan shooting spree, was released from the hospital to a rehab facility last week, ABC News reports. On Sunday, her family posted the first picture of her since the shooting to the GoFundMe page. It shows her in a hospital bed, laughing, with her little sister and a number of stuffed animals. Previous updates on the crowdfunding site reveal that Kopf can walk with some assistance and often laughs with her family. (More uplifting news stories.)

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