Deserae Turner, a 14-year-old from Utah was lured into being murdered by two 16-year-old boys from her school. Fortunately, for Deserae, she was much stronger than either of those boys ever imagined.
Turner was told by the boys to meet them by the canal in Smithfield after school on February 16. She doesn’t remember anything after meeting them, other than waking up in a hospital. According to the alleged shooter, they had been planning her murder for weeks. He stated their plan was to slit her throat, however, they were unable to go through with it. Instead, the shot her in the back of the head with a revolver.
The two boys have now been charged with attempted aggravated murder.
Cache County Attorney James Swink explained that Deserae was “brave to tell him what she remembered happening.”
And went on to say that, “The facts show they intended to murder her.”
When asked why they had decided to plot Turner’s murder, they stated they had “got tired” of her texting and messaging them on Snapchat. Prosecutors are seeking to try both suspects as adults, which judges will rule on during a hearing in May. As of now, neither boys have entered or requested to plea to their charges.
Despite the horrific crime perpetrated against her, Deserae remains in good spirits. “I told my dad that I am tougher than a bullet,” Deserae Turner said at a news conference on Thursday in Salt Lake City, according to KSL-TV. “It is still with me today.”
Turner recovered at the Primary Children’s Hospital since she was found in critical condition after the boys attempted to murder her. When she spoke with the media shortly after her release from the hospital, she wore a white t-shirt with the word “Happy” written on the front. She explained that she was “thankful to be here today, to be alive.”
“People all over the world have been praying for me,” she said, according to KSL-TV. “Some of them I know and some I have never met, and they have never met me, but they cared for me, and they care for you.”
She continued, “I would like others to know that people are kind and they do care about us and are concerned about us, even when we may think no one is there.”
While many would be hardened by the circumstances Deserae was put in, the young, sweet girl has opted for a more positive approach. She has expressed her strength, courage, and gratitude towards those that have helped her through this dark time. As she told her father, she is tougher than a bullet, and we couldn’t be prouder of her bravery.