LITTLETON, Colorado (CBS4) – Sally Strelecki’s family, faced with her serious medical situation following a shooting through the wall of an apartment, have decided to withdraw the resuscitation of the 27-year-old.
“We came to the conclusion that they did everything they could for her,” said her mother Amy Graham. “It’s not Sally at all. It’s just a shell. No quality of life, none… They can’t do anything for her anymore. They did a wonderful job trying to save her. It’s amazing that she got this far.
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Sally was shot in the head on October 2 at an apartment complex in Centennial. A man was arguing with his girlfriend next door. The man, Mickel McClean, grabbed a gun and fired.
Two different stories emerged when police arrived, investigators said. McLean, 26, told police he and his girlfriend battled a pile of clothes in his arm and the gun went off. The girlfriend told investigators that was not true.
She said McLean punched her in the face and pulled out a gun, shooting her about eight feet away, missing her. She felt it was accidental because she said he had done something similar to her about a year earlier.
“I’m angry. I’m mad at this man’s negligence,” Graham said. “It’s easy to retreat and hate the world and hate everything, but I won’t. a disservice to Sally.
Sally’s sister Emma said the support from community members to the family has helped them through terrible times.
“The outpouring of support from our community and everything has really shone a glimmer of hope that there are still some good people out there.”
“Extremely beautiful,” her mother added. “Just the outpouring of love and outrage over what happened.”
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Like any mother, Graham has had a series of images of her daughter in mind since she was little.
“I never thought when I held her at the age of 2 days, in my arms, looking at her, that this would have been her fate at such a young age.” Her daughter was happy and smiling. “A little bit of a fair head. A smile from ear to ear… We call her Sweet Sally Rose because that’s what she is.
Emma resolved to look more like her sister.
“She was so outgoing that I have to try to be more outgoing for her and live the way Sally wanted me to be, and I’m going to try to do that for her.”
The family spoke with doctors on Friday and met on Saturday to decide what action to take. Sally was engaged. Her fiancé was in the apartment with her when she was shot.
“My daughter is not going to like food or petting her dogs or the touch of mother or the love of her sister or the love of her fiance. She will never be able to enjoy it again, ”her mother said.
Graham says she will become active in the fight against gun violence.
“With each mass shooting we’re all so sorry, thoughts and prayers and everything go away, until the next one happens. And the next one, and now Sally, and I’m not going to take it. I’ll do whatever I can.
First, the family will stay by her daughter’s bedside as her life support is slowly withdrawn. Their grief will be together.
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“Do like her. I never want people to forget about it, ”her mother said. “I don’t want anyone to ever go through this.”