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Shooting Survivor Continues Recovery While Mourning His Friend

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) - One week ago, two Lexington teens were shot. One survived and is now at the hospital.

But the victim's best friend, Kevin Olmeda Ortiz was killed. On Tuesday night, Andrew Trent talked to LEX18 News for the first time about his recovery, and losing a friend he considers his brother.

"We made so many memories together, and it just kills me to know that he's not here anymore," said Trent.

Just a week ago, Trent and Kevin were hanging out just like any other night.

"We went to school together. We rode the bus together. We did everything together," said Trent.

"That's how I knew he would not oversleep and he would get up and go to school because Kevin would be there every day," said Amanda Trent.

Last Tuesday, Trent says while he and Kevin were outside, someone wanted to steal their backpacks. Then, Kevin was shot.

"I had to lay on top of him, trying to wake him up. And he wouldn't wake up, and I felt two big blows," said Trent.

Trent says he screamed, ran to Kevin's house to get his family, then called his mom.

Amanda Trent says her son lost a kidney, adrenal gland, and parts of his intestines.

"There's still one bullet, and it's right beside his spine. They said that if it had been one millimeter difference in either direction that he would have died," said Amanda.

Now, he's struggling just to walk, but is making progress. The Trents say the power of prayer and support from the community have lifted them through this time.

One 16 year-old was arrested for the shooting. Trent says he wants justice, but admits it will not bring back his brother.

The Trent family has a GoFundMe page set up if you'd like to help.

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