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Shooting victim faces long road to recovery
BY VALERIE REDDELL
LIVINGSTON — Instead of a carefree summer between his upcoming graduation from Livingston High School, Darius Doyle will be spending quite a bit of the coming weeks recovering from gunshot wounds to his abdomen and leg on May 15, according to his mother, Joanna Sanders of Livingston. Witnesses told Det. Christi Allen of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office that Doyle went to the home of Norberto Oropeza Villa, 17, of Goodrich, to see about a title to a car. Doyle left the residence and then came back because a friend had left his wallet on an outside table, witnesses said. Witnesses alleged that Doyle was leaving the yard when Villa shot Doyle and fled the scene before deputies arrived. Doyle’s mother said the gun was loaded with buckshot and one of the pellets entered his abdomen and tore his small intestine. “He has several holes in his arm and right leg,” Sanders added. “He had to have emergency surgery to repair his small intestine. Doctors said he was extremely fortunate.” Doyle has since been released from the hospital but must make frequent trips to Houston for continuing care from physicians at Memorial Hermann Hospital. Det. Allen said Villa surrendered at the Polk County Jail on Wednesday and was arrested by Deputy Mike Nettles on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. His bond was set at $25,000 and he remained in jail as of press time. Sanders said she went to visit the scene of the shooting and distributed flyers to many of the people who live nearby, encouraging them to turn the suspect in and collect a reward. Sanders said Darius still has a lot of limitations. He can walk only very short distances and his diet is quite limited. He still plans to take full advantage of the college scholarship he has earned and attend classes this fall. Although the family is confident Darius will make a full recovery, this incident has resurrected the grief of another child Sanders lost two-and-a-half years ago. Even though Sanders thought a tubal ligation meant Darius would be her only child, Sanders discovered she was pregnant. Just after the baby was born, doctors told Sanders it would not survive. The infant died 12 days later. “After the baby died, I just couldn’t imagine not having another child and God blessed me with twins 16 months ago,” Sanders said.