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Family's plea: don't shoot guns in the air

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This Independence Day, the family of Ruskin boy shot in the head by celebratory gunfire is spreading the word about their safety campaign.

Minutes into the New Year, a stray bullet hit Diego Duran as he and his family were watching fireworks in the front yard of their home.  Diego was critically injured and has spent the past several months recovering.

"It's been a very a bumpy ride.  We've had lots of ups and downs with his surgeries and procedures," said Diego's mother Sandy Duran during a press conference to discuss the family's "Bullet Free Sky" campaign. 

"There's been a lot of pain.  I will admit it, but I think we've transformed that pain into passion and right now our focus is in creating awareness," she added.

The family started the Bullet Free Sky awareness campaign in hopes of preventing what happened to Diego from happening to someone else.  Diego's godmother Kat Chiu joined Duran in talking about their push to spread the message this Fourth of July.

"We've got a Facebook page, where a lot of people have signed up and constantly show their support.  They have been purchasing the shirts and the wrist bands that we have," Chiu said.

They want everyone to know what can happen when people shoot guns into the air to ring in the 4th or any holiday.

"Celebratory gunfire is a dangerous and negligent act," said Duran.  "An average bullet can travel up to three miles from the shooter and pierce a human skull."

Diego is doing better.  He's back home and in physical and speech therapy.  His mother says he has short-term memory loss, but he's playing his guitar again to help with that.

Meanwhile, investigators with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office still don't know who fired that life-changing shot.

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