Daughter of UAH shooting victim talks about mom's recovery

By Trang Do - Bio | Email

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Thursday will mark six months since tragedy struck the campus of UA-Huntsville.

Police say Dr. Amy Bishop opened fire on her colleagues during a faculty meeting on February 12.

Three faculty members were killed and three others were injured.

Now, the daughter of Stephanie Monticciolo, a staff assistant who was injured in the shooting, is telling her family's story of recovery and rebirth.

"Instead of having this thing that could've destroyed us all, it transformed us," said Michele Monticciolo. "It made us more whole it made us more loving."

Monticciolo's mother Stephanie was one of six people shot during a biology faculty meeting at UA-Huntsville. Stephanie survived being shot in the head and months later continues to make strides in her recovery.

"Everyday that goes by, my mom is becoming better and stronger and is truly thriving and that for her every moment is a moment of increase," Michele Monticciolo said.

Monticciolo is telling her family's story in the hopes that it'll help others get through difficult times in their lives.

One way the family has remained strong is by consciously working to have positive thoughts.

"I could not change the past, but it didn't matter," she said. "I had this moment. And I could stay present and I could stay grateful and loving, and be aware that I could've lost my mother, but I didn't."

Monticciolo said her family is also grateful for the thoughts and prayers of others from around the world.

Hundreds have sent Stephanie messages of encouragement and love through an online journal Michele keeps to update loved ones on her mom's progress.

"She doesn't know what to say," Michele said. "She's very humbled by it, and she cries. And it's been so important for her to say thank you."

Michele Monticciolo will be holding a lecture on the six-month anniversary of the UA-Huntsville shooting.

It's called "On the other side: Triumphing through any adversity."

It will be held Thursday, August 12th, at Trinity United Methodist Church on Airport Road in Huntsville at 6:30 p.m.  It is free and open to the public.

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