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Girl who lost family members in shooting gets service dog

Lexi and Boots meeting for first time. (Source: KLTV staff) Lexi and Boots meeting for first time. (Source: KLTV staff)
Lexi and Boots meeting for first time (Source: KLTV News Staff) Lexi and Boots meeting for first time (Source: KLTV News Staff)
UPSHUR COUNTY, TX (KLTV) -

For the family of the Upshur County shooting victims, it's a horrific loss to deal with and another terrible loss to bear, for a 10 year old.

It's something family members say is hard to try to explain to 10-year old Lexi Moore. Her grandmother and uncle were shot and killed on Tuesday, allegedly by Joseph Adkins, a man she knew as Uncle Joe.

"We talk about it. Try to explain it to her a little bit," says Lexi's Aunt Brandy Williams.

Lexi was seriously injured in a car accident at 4 years old, but miraculously recovered, learning to walk and talk again. Unbelievably, she was in another accident years ago, again leaving her wheelchair bound.

"We're just sticking together and support the family and letting her know we're all here for her. She’s been fighting this whole time, she’s a fighter, our Lex," Williams says.

Compelled by Lexi's story, the group 'For Veterans Sake' awarded her a service dog named Boots.

Though Boots was in training, he was delivered Wednesday to help Lexi through the tragedy.

"She’s been wanting Boots for a long time, and I'm so glad to see that she gets him. It's been challenging, but she's doing better," says family friend Karen Walker.

The bond with Boots now becomes important to help Lexi and her family deal with another heartbreak. Family members tell us the third person injured, also a family member, will recover from his wounds.

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