Over 700 Carter County 8th graders attended a drug and alcohol forum at the Ardmore Convention Center Wednesday. They heard from victims who lost family members and friends and one woman who was almost a victim herself. KTEN's Meredith Saldana reports.
Four years ago, Patricia Dewbre's ex-husband told her he couldn't live without her.
That's when he shot her and then fatally shot himself.
"He decided that we should both die. He shot me and he intended for me to die. The bullet went into my right eye. I have a glass eye now and it went behind my nose, broke my jaw bone and landed in my left ear."
Dewbre crawled to a neighbors for help and was flown to a hospital in Dallas where she under went numerous surgeries.
She says she cried everyday for two years and even suffered some mild brain damage.
Now, she feels it's important to share her story with others to help prevent them from having to go through a life changing experience because of alcohol or domestic abuse.
"I do not believe once you are shot half blind, half deaf and know someone that you lived with and was married to that is now deceased as a result of a domestic violence incident that you ever forget it."
Meredith Saldana, KTEN News