14-year-old Kalamazoo shooting victim's condition improves

The condition of the 14-year old girl who was shot during a rampage in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and pronounced dead until she squeezed her mother’s hand, has improved.

Abigail Kopf, one of five people shot at in a Cracker Barrel parking lot, was taken off a ventilator and is breathing on her own, according to an update on a GoFundMe in support of her.

“Our hearts are full of joy right now as we celebrate a milestone for Abbie. The tube is out she's breathing on her own,” the post read.

She was with family and friends at the time. The other four people were killed in the shooting.

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Kopf was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead. Investigators had relayed as much to the media as well. However, as she was kept on life support so her organs could be donated, she squeezed her mother's hand.

“She is alive and she’s fighting for her life,” her mother Vicki Kopf, told FOX 17. “I want everyone to understand that Abigail is strong and she is a vibrant, beautiful young lady that didn’t deserve this. Nor did her grandmother and those other victims.”

Eight people were shot and six people killed at three locations around the city during the rampage Feb. 20.


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