“We were just trying to get to our car and little did we know what we were walking into,” Taylor said. “The first shot I heard went into my leg. It sent a vibration through my entire body. We just dropped to the ground and there was gunfire all around us. We were caught in the middle of it.”
When Taylor arrived at the emergency room, her concern turned to relief.
“The doctors told me it went straight through my leg, just barely missing my Achilles,” Taylor said. “I was relieved when they told me I would still be able to run track.”
Taylor's recovery went more smoothly than she expected, and she didn't even miss any of the track season.
“The most important thing to me then was that I got to take her home that night,” Carlos said. “But it was also a relief to know that she would be able to run again. She's been running track since she was six, so this means a lot to her. She's been incredibly tough. I'm just so proud of her.”