During the deadly Las Vegas shooting last Sunday, this young lady bravely acted as a human shield to protect her wounded fiancé from further injuries.
On Oct. 1, Summer Clyburn, 22, and her fiancé, Michael Gracia, 24, were enjoying the Route 91 country music festival, when Stephen Paddock openly fired on revelers from the 32nd floor hotel room of the Las Vegas Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
Gracia got shot in the head as bullets unleashed by the crazed gunman rained down on the densely packed crowd.
In moments of chaos and confusion, Clyburn leapt over and covered her seriously injured fiancé as he lay on the ground, shielding him from further bullets.
Her courageousness protected Gracia from further injury.
In the process, Clyburn was also shot under her right shoulder blade.
“Summer his girlfriend and mother of his child covered him while he was hurt which got her shot as well,” wrote Gracia’s friend Jesse Rivera on a GoFundMe page set up for the couple. “The love between those two are real and they are new parents and new parents shouldn’t be going through this.”
The couple from Upland, California, are parents to 3-month-old baby girl, Vayda.
Clyburn and Gracia were later rushed to Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center in Winchester, Nevada.
The critically injured Gracia, who is a police officer in Ontario, California, underwent a successful neurosurgery. His brother, Stephen, revealed in a Facebook post that Gracia is doing “extremely well.”
“[He’s] moving around and opening his eyes. The CT scan came back great. Gonna take him off the breathing machines today,” Stephen wrote.
“Summer Clyburn also is now great. Been by my [brother’s] side the whole time,” Stephen added.
In a photo uploaded to Facebook, shared by Clyburn’s friend, Lauren Harkins, Clyburn was pictured wearing a bandage over her wound under her shoulder blade. The young mother was walking around the hospital while holding her baby girl in her arms.