The family of Martha Childress says she almost died twice from the bullet that lodged near her spine.
Her stepfather, Ron Johnson, spoke publicly for the first time yesterday about the ordeal.
And during a remote broadcast Monday to support the family and Five Points merchants, Johnson (pictured below, on left) told “JR” on our sister station 104.7 WNOK that the family is trying to set aside anger and frustration about what happened and make something positive come out of this – starting with rehab for the 18-year-old at the Shepard Center, a clinic for spinal injuries.
“Martha was released from the hospital today (Monday) to travel to Atlanta,” Johnson said. “She is settled in and she will begin part of her rehab tomorrow (Tuesday).
“They think if things go as they would hope that she would be down there for sometime in the three-to-four-month period, in which we as a family will learn how to help her cope with her disability,” he said.
A trust fund has been set up and contributions can be made through the website www.PrayForMartha.com.
USC student groups have also announced a concert will be held this week in support of Childress and more safety in Five Points.
That's to take place from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday on the fields near the Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center.