Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Pocatello, Idaho high school sophmore Marlee EchoHawk was hoping to medal at the state high school track meet this week in Boise. Last year Marlee medaled in the 100m and 200m races at the state meet. But her hopes changed on Saturday night when she and two other girls were injured when a boy unintentionally discharged a 20 gauge shotgun during a pre-prom group date.
The accident resulted in more than 50 shotgun pellets lodging in both her feet. Doctors were able to repair much of the damage and save Marlee's toes but they say she faces a long and painful recovery and were uncertain about her future ability to run and dance. Marlee is also a competitive dancer.