This time last year llittle Keoshia Ford was learning how to be a leader.
Chip Henderson, Keoshia's fellow church member, says, "We were preparing to go on a mission trip to York, Pennsylvania to minister to the elderly folk in the nursing homes."
But now it's not leadership skills she's trying to master, it is language skills.
Last March, she was caught in the crossfire of a gang related shooting.
One bullet was found lodged behind her ear.
LeKeshia Matthews, Keoshia's Mother, adds, "She came a long ways than what she was at first. She responded more, she moves a lot."
Keoshia went from being in a coma for several days, to responsive, to understanding more of her surroundings.
Matthews says, "Some days I have my emotions where I be depressed or some days I'll be happy. It's been hard on my right now."
Keoshia needs around the clock medical attention.
Several months ago her family needed thousands of dollars worth of supplies, but through generous donations, they no longer need those little things to keep Keoshia healthy.
Matthews adds, "She got good nurses that take good care of her. It's been great."
But what hasn't been as comforting says, Keoshia's mother,
is the fact that this shooting has not been a wake up call.
Yes, Keoshia's shooter has been charged, but she says what about all those other shooting victims?
Chattanooga has seen six shootings in five days.
Matthews adds, "When this accident happened to Keoshia, everybody should have just woke up, instead of just going around with all this violence. It needs to stop. It's just crazy."
Keoshia's accused shooter is a juvenile, so his court records are sealed.
Therefore, we do not know where his case is in the justice system.