Grandmother: Wounded girl 'a miracle' since deadly shooting

2 months 3 weeks 3 days ago Thursday, June 29 2017 Jun 29, 2017 Thursday, June 29, 2017 9:35:43 AM CDT June 29, 2017 in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A grandmother of a 7-year-old girl critically wounded in a St. Louis shooting that killed her parents and another man says her granddaughter has brain damage but is showing signs of improvement in a hospital.

Lawanda Griffin tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Deniya Irving can move some limbs, cry and tries to talk. Griffin calls it "just a miracle, even though she has a long way to go."

Deniya was wounded June 2 when a gunman opened fire on the car in which she was riding. Her parents, 27-year-old Derrick Irving and 24-year-old Jessica Garth, were killed, along with 37-seven-year-old Julian Hayes.

Prosecutors have charged 28-year-old Jerome Leon Buress Jr. with three first-degree murder counts and at least 10 other felony counts.

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