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Sanaa Hill receives scholarship

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Holding a check as tall as her, Sanaa Hill accepted the college scholarship that was created in her name.

"We're going to take this $500 and we are going to help you go to college," said Metro Youth Initiative president and founder Gus McCoy.

The scholarship idea by Metro Youth Initiative leaders came about after the shooting at the Boys and Girls Club on Sykes Road that injured the eight year old.  "I think the fact of where it happened at in our community and also because she is a young lady who is doing really well in school," said Metro Youth Initiative executive director Chaqueta Weston.

"I like reading and English," said Sanaa Hill.

To look at Hill, it is hard to imagine just three months earlier the young girl was fighting for her life.  On December 10, 2009, a bullet came through the Boys and Girls Club and striking Hill in the right side of her head.  She remained in critical condition for days.

"It's just been an outpouring of support from everyone that has come out and prayers that have been sent.  I just thank everyone for it," said Sanaa's mother Lashunda Hill.

Witnesses saw a gray car flee the scene with two black males and a black female inside.   Jackson police officer Joseph Daughtry said initial leads turned up little.  No arrests have been made.

"Right now it's really not something I'm really focused on," said Lashunda Hill. "Just her being better. I just leave all that to the Lord's hands."

If you have any information on the shooting that injured Sanaa Hill please call Jackson Police at (601) 960-1234.

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