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Athens girl injured during shopping center shootout in danger of losing eye


By Joe Johnson

A young Athens girl who this week became the innocent bystander of a shootout is in danger of losing an eye.

Five-year-old Ne’vaeh Brown was in a class Wednesday afternoon when a bullet shattered the window of her North Avenue dance studio, and she was struck in the left eye by what police said could have been glass or a bullet fragment.

The actual bullet struck another girl in the dance studio, 14-year-old Neveah Hogue, completely passing through her right arm, according to police.

The younger victim’s mother began a GoFundMe campaign for assistance in paying the medical expenses that will be incurred for Ne’vaeh’s medical care.

Brittanie Wright wrote for the fundraiser that she was with her daughter at an Atlanta children's hospital:

“We don’t know how long we will have to be here an we don’t know for sure yet if she will have to get her eye ball removed but it is a great chance she will. With that being said we will have to purchase a prosthetic eye. Keep my baby in your prayers please as I say once again anything will help thank you all during this tragic time”



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