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March 17, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Hundreds attend fundraiser for school shooting victim

Hundreds of people turned out yesterday at the Manette Saloon and Sidebar in Bremerton for a fundraiser for school shooting victim Amina Kocer-Bowman, according to the Kitsap Sun.

Up to 500 people were expected to attend the spaghetti feed, silent auction and concert, forcing organizers to start the event two hours earlier than planned, the Sun reports.  

Amina’s parents, John and Teri Bowman, addressed the crowd via a video teleconference to give their thanks. The couple couldn’t attend the event because they’re with their daughter, who is hospitalized at Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center.

“We hope to see you guys on the other side of the water soon,” John Bowman said. “Just thank you everybody for everything you’ve done.”

Amina, 8, was wounded Feb. 22 when a handgun in a classmate’s backpack discharged during a third-grade class at Bremerton’s Armin Jahr Elementary School. The .45 caliber bullet shattered Amina’s elbow before tearing through her abdomen and lodging near her spine. One of Amina’s surgeons said earlier this week that the girl “nearly died” that day.

On Thursday, having undergone five surgeries, she was released from the intensive-care unit, and she is now listed in satisfactory condition.

The 9-year-old boy was sentenced to probation and counseling after he pleaded guilty last week to reckless endangerment and bringing a weapon to school. 

Amina’s family has established The Amina Sierra Kocer-Bowman Victims Trust at Bank of America to assist with medical costs

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