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16-year-old UCC shooting survivor played dead to stay alive

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Cheyeanne Fitzgerald (Photo: GoFundMe) Cheyeanne Fitzgerald (Photo: GoFundMe)

At just 16 years old, Cheyeanne Fitzgerald is already a freshman in college, starting at Umpqua Community College this year to become a nurse.

She was one of 18 people who were shot by a classmate Oct. 1, and her family says she laid on the ground and played dead to stay alive.

Fitzgerald was shot in the back and lost a kidney as a result of her injuries, but family members say she's strong and has what it takes to recover.

"She's an alpha," said her brother, Jessy Atkinson. "She directs traffic and tells us what to do and isn't shy about doing it."

Fitzgerald's mom said she can't yet say whether her daughter will return to school, but she knows it's not in Cheyeanne's nature to give up.

"I know she's not a quitter," Atkinson said. "She's a go-getter."

The Fitzgerald family set up a GoFundMe account to help pay for Cheyeanne's medical expenses.

As of Tuesday morning, the fund had already far surpassed its goal.

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