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Reaching out to help a victim

January 18, 2019

La PORTE – A La Porte woman who was shot during a domestic dispute earlier this week is making a “remarkable recovery,” but suffered injuries she will “have to deal with for the rest of her life,” family members say.

“Angel” is also unable to walk, and the family has started a GoFundMe to help get her into a ground-floor apartment when she is released from an Indianapolis hospital.

“My sister Angel was shot multiple times on Monday, Jan. 14, and there is a bullet still in her body,” her sister, Starla Adams, wrote on the page, gofundme.com/a-home-for-angel-to-come-home-to.

“Doctors call it inoperable due to the location. It is resting on her spinal cord, and she is unable to walk far or climb stairs.”

Angel lives in a second-floor apartment, so staying there would be an incredible hardship, Adams said.

“We want to get her into a ground level before she’s released from the hospital, so she has somewhere to go,” she wrote.

“She is making an amazing recovery but will have the rest of her life to deal with the damage,” Destiny Jared, the victim’s niece, said. “Not sure when she will be released, maybe not for quite a while.”

She said a ground-level apartment is a must because “right now she’s not able to even walk, let alone climb stairs.”

Angel is a 36-year-old mother of three, a lifelong La Porte resident and La Porte High School graduate, her niece said. She also has an “almost-3-year-old grandson.”

She works as a packer at the Harper Collins Return Center in La Porte, but it is uncertain when or if she will be able to return to work.

“She is a sweet and caring person,” Jared said of her aunt. “She has a very kind heart and is the type of person that would continuously give with nothing expected in return.”

She is hoping the community will help her aunt out during her time of hardship by donating to the page and helping her find a new apartment.

How long Angel remains in the hospital is not certain, but Jared said doctors are hoping she can be released next weekend.

“Unsure about the hospital stay until the doctors update us more, but we do know she will have to return once a month for the rest of her life,” Jared said.

Family members are currently caring for the children and grandchild.

The man suspected of the shooting on Monday was arrested and charged on Tuesday.

Ronald T. Means, 37, whose last known address was in La Porte, is being held on a $100,000 cash bond in the La Porte County Jail, facing felony charges of attempted murder and being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to the La Porte County Sheriff’s Department.

Police were called to the home in the 1100 block of Clay Street about 9:30 p.m. Monday after a 911 call about a possible shooting. Means was arrested the following day in Griffith, Indiana.

He was also wanted on a warrant for failure to appear at a probation revocation hearing for a prior invasion of privacy conviction. Police said that case involved a different victim.

Jared said her aunt and Means had an “on-again, off-again relationship for years,” but he was not the father of her children.

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