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7-year-old honored Friday after nearly being killed in June shooting

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Deniya Irving is on a long road to recovery after being shot in June (Credit: KMOV) Deniya Irving is on a long road to recovery after being shot in June (Credit: KMOV)

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – A 7-year-old girl was honored Friday by the St. Louis Board of Aldermen after she was nearly killed in a shooting that took the lives of several family members.

Deniya Irving has a long road to recovery after being shot four months ago when a gunman opened fire on her family’s car. Her mother, father and uncle were killed in the shooting.

Friday morning, Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed presented a resolution to honor Irving’s bravery and strength. The resolution will also vow to make St. Louis a safer place.

Months ago Deniya’s family didn’t think this day would come. Critically injured in the shooting, doctors were prepared to take her off life support.

But she fought back and over the ensuing months, started reclaiming her life.

“I can't even... I don't have any words for it,” said her grandmother Lawanda Griffin. “I don't have any words for it. I'm just so happy and overwhelmed with happiness."

Jerome Leon Buress Jr. has been charged for the killings of Deniya’s family.

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