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Sheriff Kaelin's daughter raising funds for mass shooting victim

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Six-year-old Zoe's pelvis was shattered by bullets. She has already had three operations since the shooting and faces more. Six-year-old Zoe's pelvis was shattered by bullets. She has already had three operations since the shooting and faces more.
Sheriff Jim Kaelin's daughter, Trisha Crowder, lives minutes from The First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, and just a few houses away from Zoe and her family. Sheriff Jim Kaelin's daughter, Trisha Crowder, lives minutes from The First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, and just a few houses away from Zoe and her family.
Zoe and her family were airlifted out of the church after being shot. The six-year-old's grandmother is also in the hospital, in critical condition, but her grandfather did not survive. Zoe and her family were airlifted out of the church after being shot. The six-year-old's grandmother is also in the hospital, in critical condition, but her grandfather did not survive.
Crowder and her neighbors started a GoFundMe page for Zoe's medical expenses that raised nearly $17,000 in just two days. Crowder and her neighbors started a GoFundMe page for Zoe's medical expenses that raised nearly $17,000 in just two days.
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Sheriff Jim Kaelin has ties to the mass shooting in Sutherland Springs. His daughter lies just down the street from The First Baptist Church where the horrific massacre occurred, and on the same block as a young victim of the shooting. 

On his Facebook page, Sheriff Kaelin writes:

As Sharon and I travel to visit her we turn at that intersection to get to her house. It will never be the same again. How tragic can this be for the people who live in that area. So many lives impacted...so many lives.?"

Trisha Crowder, Kaelin's daughter, was just leaving Sunday service at her Baptist Church in La Vernia when she first heard about a nearby shooting. She and her neighbors rushed a few miles down the road to the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs.

"We just stood there, just in disbelief as all the helicopters were landing and taking victims away. It was horrible," Crowder said. 

One of the victims flown away lives just houses from Trisha: six-year-old Zoe. 

"She's just a fun-loving, happy little girl. She has lots of friends. Got such a good heart and she's a strong fighter," Crowder said. 

Bullets shattered Zoe's pelvis. Since the shooting, she has already had three operations. Her grandmother is also in the hospital, in critical condition. Zoe's grandfather did not survive the shooting. 

"They're going through a lot," Crowder said about her neighbors. "I can't even imagine what she's going through."

Zoe's mother was also in church on the day of the shooting, but was not injured. The six-year-old has two other brothers that did not attend church that day. 

On the rural, two mile street where Zoe lives, neighbors have each other's backs. It is why Crowder and others came together to create a GoFundMe page for Zoe's medical expenses

In two days, it has raised nearly $17,000. 

Zoe still faces four to six weeks in the hospital. Her neighbors are bringing her gift baskets and decorating her house, hoping she will have a warm welcome when she is finally able to return home. 

"I love how everybody in this community sticks together and everyone is just here for each other," Crowder said. "The amount of people that showed up the day it happened, the love is just...you can't explain it."

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