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Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Deserae Turner releases 25 rock doves at the Capitol as Rep. Val Potter, R-North Logan, watches in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. Deserae also banged the gavel Tuesday to open the Utah House of Representatives. Two teenage boys enticed Deserae to a secluded canal, where one of them shot her in the back of the head and left her for dead last February.

SALT LAKE CITY — Shooting survivor Deserae Turner banged the gavel Tuesday to open the Utah House of Representatives.

The 15-year-old Smithfield girl also released 25 doves on the front steps of the Capitol as a symbol of hope the future. Lawmakers recognized Turner's courage and bravery, and gave her a standing ovation on the House floor.

Two teenage boys enticed Turner to a secluded canal, where one of them shot her in the back of the head and left her for dead last February. She is continuing to recover from her injury.