Parade celebrates recovery of Apopka teen caught in cross fire
16-year-old Danielle Sampson in coma after shooting last year
It was one year ago Monday that 16-year-old Danielle Sampson was left paralyzed, and with brain damage, after getting caught in the crossfire of a shootout.
Her family celebrated just how far she's come with a parade and celebration in her honor.
A procession of motorcycle riders, friends and family led a procession from Powers Drive and North Lane, where she was hit by a stray bullet, to a nearby church.
Greater Orlando Cares, a local charity and mentoring organization, helped organize the celebration.
One year later, Sampson is out of the hospital and in a wheelchair. Alva Fletcher, Sampson's mother, told Local 6 the family is grateful for each and every day of progress.
“It means the world to me that my child is alive,” said Fletcher. “God is my shield, God is my strength.”
Justin Fletcher, Sampson's father, said his daughter's recovery is a constant struggle. They are currently trying to raise enough money to buy a wheel-chair accessible van for her.
“It is very hard for us. I would not wish this upon any other family, and without God, we could not make it,” said Justin.
But as they celebrated Sampson's life, they also worry the man who shot her, Tyrone Mosby, could get out of jail by claiming he's incompetent.
“He was not incompetent then,” said Alava Fletcher. “Right now he's supposed to face sentencing, then he wants to be declared incompetent. Mo part of that is right.”
The family passed around a petition at the celebration to make sure that doesn't happen.
The celebration ended with the crowd releasing blue balloons into the sky.