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Prayer rally held to show support for girl struck by gunfire

MILWAUKEE -- Averiona Hines is the reason behind a prayer rally organized in Milwaukee Friday evening. The 12-year-old girl was wounded by a stray bullet that pierced her home's walls.

The prayer rally was held outside Hines' home near 39th and Cherry. Hines is out of the hospital now -- recovering from wounds to her arms and back.

Hines tells Fox 6 she's has trouble sleeping since.  

"Am I gonna get hurt again, or am I going to make it?" said Hines.

Officers were called to Hines' duplex on Tuesday. This, after one shot was fired into the lower level and another bullet struck the upper level where Hines lives.

"She's doing a lot better, still pain the arms and in her back but for the most part we`re glad to have her at home." said Natisha Shelton, Averiona's mother. "She's glad to be around family and friends and she's doing a lot better."

Neighbors say they don't know from where the gunshots came. Police are investigating but do not have anyone in custody.

Hines says after seeing all of her supporters at the rally, she feels stronger.

"I shouldn't be afraid to go asleep at night," said Hines.

Monitor FOX6 News and for updates on this developing story.

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