Kalamazoo shooting survivor gets special visit from sheriff

A courtesy photo of Abigail Kopf. (March 25, 2016) (WOOD)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Kalamazoo County’s sheriff visited Abbie Kopf in her hospital room Wednesday.

It was first time Sheriff Richard Fuller met face to face with the youngest survivor of the Feb. 20 shooting rampage in the Kalamazoo area that killed six people and injured two others, including Abbie.

The 14-year-old has been making great progress at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital in Grand Rapids, but she’s also having nightmares about what happened when she and four older women were shot in the parking lot of a Cracker Barrel restaurant in Texas Township.

Jason Dalton allegedly shot eight people in all that night, six of whom died. Abbie and 26-year-old Tiana Carruthers survived their injuries. Both women are making progress in rehab.

Part of Sheriff Fuller’s goal in visiting Abbie was to reassure the teen that she is safe.

“We wanted to make sure that she understood that the person who is accused of doing this is behind bars… and that we’re doing everything we can to make sure he stays there,” he explained.

Fuller took time to chat with Abbie about less serious matters, too, like Batman and which actor portrayed him best.

“It was great to see a smile,” Fuller said. “It was great to see her walking, and that her therapy is doing what it’s supposed to do.”

Abbie voice is louder now and she has started eating solid foods.

Her parents, Gene and Vickie Kopf, are grateful to everyone for their support.

If you’d like to help the survivors in their recovery, you can still donate to Abbie’s GoFundMe page, as well as that of Carruthers.

The book about wolves that Abigail Kopf received from actor Robert Redford. (March 30, 2016)
The book about wolves that Abigail Kopf received
from actor Robert Redford. (March 30, 2016)

Abbie has been getting cards and gifts from a lot of well-wishers too, including movie star Robert Redford.

The actor found out that Abbie loves wolves and sent a copy of the book “The Hidden Life of Wolves,” for which he wrote a forward, as well as a T-shirt and note thanking her for her support of the animals.

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Online:

Abigail’s Fight for Survival GoFundMe account

Inside woodtv.com:

#KalamazooStrong: How you can help

Complete coverage of the Kalamazoo shooting rampage

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