Prayer vigil held for Chicago girl, 11, in 'very critical' condition after West Pullman gas station shooting

Ny'Andrea Dyer is paralyzed and has little brain activity, doctors say
CHICAGO (WLS) -- A vigil was held for an 11-year-old girl who was shot in the face by a stray bullet at a gas station on Chicago's Far South Side.

While Ny'Andrea couldn't hear the prayers for her recovery outside the hospital, her mother believes she may be responding.

"She's fighting," her mother said. "The doctors said she breathed a little on her own today and she moved her eyes a little. So I'm just gonna hold on."

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Dyer was sitting in the backseat of her mother's SUV at a South Side gas station Monday night when gunfire erupted between two men. One shot struck the 6th grader in the face. The bullet lodged in the back of her neck, next to her spine. Doctors have told her mother Ny'Andrea is paralyzed and has little brain activity.

"Nana is her nickname. Pray for Nana's brain waves. Pray for her heart. Pray for every part of this 11-year-old Chicago student right now," Pastor Donovan Price said.

A 19-year-old man was shot in the groin as he was leaving the store at the gas station and was listed in serious condition. Police said the young girl was not a target of the gunman, though they are unaware of a motive for the shooting at this point.

"I have a lot of leads on the shooter and, it's just like, it's burning me up inside that he don't have morals or remorse for what he's done to this baby," Ny'Andrea's mother said.

Ny'Andrea has been at Comer Children's Hospital since she was shot Monday night and remains in "very critical condition."

"Think of the worst thing that could happen to your family," Price said. "This family is going through that."

Outside the hospital Friday afternoon, Pastor Price and several other people from the community including a couple of police officers prayed for the little girl's recovery.

Ny'Andrea's mother said she is hoping more people from the community show up at Comer Children's Hospital for another prayer vigil on Saturday.

"I just need everyone to pray for her," her mother said. "I need a miracle."

There is a $20,000 reward for information that leads the arrest of the gunman who shot Ny'Andrea. Her family wants to find the shooter, but their main focus is on her recovery.
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