UAH shooting victim's daughter speaks out

By Margo Gray – bio | email

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Six months ago, shots rang out on the campus of UA-Huntsville.

Police say the suspected shooter, professor Amy Bishop, opened fire on her colleagues at a faculty meeting.

Three were killed and three others were severely injured.

The daughter of one of the injured victims has made it her mission to share her family's story of what it means to move past a tragedy.

Michele Monticciolo is speaking out about her mother, Stephanie Monticciolo, and letting others know going through a tragic event is a learning experience.

From a stage and with a microphone, Michele Monticciolo shared a piece of the human spirit and the pain of nearly losing someone close in a tragedy.

"As humans, it's our duty to share anything that we learned and help one another," said Monticciolo.

Michele's mother Stephanie was one of six people who was shot during a biology faculty meeting at UA-Huntsville on February 12th.

Michele watched her mom's struggle for survival after being shot in the head.

"I'll never be the same and there are painful parts, no one is denying that, but what I treasure is knowing that I'm not alone," she said.

As a life coach by profession, Michele candidly sat down with others who have also gone through struggles.

It's her story of resilience and she'll wait for her mother to share her own.

"Cause that's her story and one day she'll tell it," she said.

Stephanie Monticciolo is making progress in her recovery and that's what the family focuses on.

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