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'Everything went dark' before shooting paralyzed Raleigh woman

Posted September 28

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— A Raleigh woman saw her life change in a matter of minutes when she was shot and robbed near her home less than a month ago.

Natalia Valle-Herrera was shot on Sept. 4 while being robbed at her residence in the 3200 block of Calumet Drive. Valle and her husband, Benacio Aguilar-Zavala, were returning from the hospital where Aguilar received treatment for an  unrelated injury.

As the couple approached their apartment door that night, a suspect approached with a handgun and robbed the couple. During the encounter, the suspect fired a shot that struck Valle in the left side of her torso—the bullet severed her spine, leaving her paralyzed below the point of impact.

The suspect then tried to shoot Aguilar, but the gun misfired. Police said the suspect stole Valle's purse before fleeing through a breezeway.

Valle is still in the hospital and is not able to walk. She said she remembers seeing a shadow and then everything got dark.

As a result of the shooting, she had her kidney and spleen removed. Valle said she does not have much feeling in her legs, but is hopeful she will be able to walk again.

She also said that she misses her husband and three children, but is scared to return home.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to raise money for Valle's recovery.

No arrests have been made.


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