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Recovery slow for Chattanooga girl shot in the head in March

Keoshia Ford, 14, lies in bed below a board covered with well-wishing cards and letters from friends. Photo by Jake Daniels / Times Free Press Keoshia Ford, 14, lies in bed below a board covered with well-wishing cards and letters from friends. Photo by Jake Daniels / Times Free Press

CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) --  LeKeshia Matthews mourns the child she once knew.

Her 13-year-old daughter "wasn't no troublemaker," the mother says. About the worst thing she would do was forge her mother's name on permission slips to play basketball.

"She always stayed to herself. She wouldn't get into anything. She stayed in sports," said Matthews, 30, with a smile.

Her daughter, Keoshia Ford, now lies in a hospital bed inside her family's cramped Cromwell Hills apartment. Keoshia -- "KeKe" to family and friends -- suffered a devastating injury to her brain when she was shot in the head during a shootout between gang members March 17. Keoshia was sitting on the hood of a car on Bennett Avenue in Chattanooga when the gunfire erupted.

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