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Fundraiser grows for girl shot and left in ditch

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Fundraiser grows for girl shot and left in ditch

By The Associated Press | Posted - Feb. 27, 2017 at 10:33 a.m.

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An online fundraiser for 14-year-old girl who police say was shot in the head and left in a ditch has grown to over $45,000 in donations.

Deserae Turner is no longer in a medically induced coma as of Friday but remains in critical condition.

Two 16-year-old boys have been charged with aggravated murder, robbery and other counts.

Authorities say they lured Deserae to the ditch in the small town of Smithfield, Utah, last week by promising to sell her a knife.

The Associated Press is not naming the boys because they are juveniles.

A GoFund Me page* to help the family with medical expenses has nearly reached its goal of $50,000. Friends have also opened an account in her name at America First Credit Union.

* does not assure that the monies deposited to the account will be applied for the benefit of the persons named as beneficiaries. If you are considering a deposit to the account, you should consult your own advisors and otherwise proceed at your own risk.

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