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Aunt of 2 shooting victims speaks to WFFT

WFFT's Melea VanOstrand spoke to the aunt of two of the victims who are cousins. Kayla Harris was killed and Danielle Carter is still in the hospital.

Posted: Nov. 10, 2017 10:45 PM
Updated: Nov. 11, 2017 2:46 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)-

"It shouldn't have happened. This is inexcusable."

Tiffany Butler is the aunt of both Danielle Carter and Kayla Harris, two of the victims in Thursday morning's triple shooting that left Harris and 36-year-old Nicole Saylor dead. Carter is still in the hospital in critical condition, but according to butler she is now breathing on her own, and says recovery could take months.

"She's going to need reconstructive surgeries, she's going to need a lot of therapy, and then my concern for her from a mental health standpoint is the type of support, counseling and therapy that they're going to need," said Butler.

Butler says Danielle is a mother of 5 and describes her as the epitome of kindness and love.

"Even in the midst of adversity she is still grace and poise and gentleness, and I know that she'll pull through this just like she'll pull through everything else," said Butler.

Kayla leaves behind a young son and also had custody of her 16-year-old brother. Butler doesn't know who has custody of them now.

"She will never see her son go to kindergarten.She will never hold his hand when they go to the pumpkin patch for the first time. All those things that we take for granted were taken away from her before she even had the chance to dream about them."

If Butler could say one thing to the killer?

"I hope that whatever befalls you as far as consequences altars your reality as much as ours has been. And I truly hope that you have to live with how vile your act is."

Butler says it still feels surreal, and that the family is coping.

"Someone decided that they're not worth it, but they are. I want to show that when we lay kayla to rest.I want to show that we value her. And I want danielle to know that we value her and her children. We are going to make sure that they are not victimized again when she gets out of the hospital."

Funeral arrangements for Kayla have not been made yet, but the family is raising money through GoFundMe for funeral expenses.
The family is also raising money for Danielle's medical expenses since she isn't insured.

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