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Hyundai Murdock surprises shooting victim and family with new car

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LOGAN, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – An example of how the community comes together in times of tragedy.

Over the weekend, the Turner Family, whose daughter survived a gunshot wound to the head, was looking for a car to get Deserae to and from hospital appointments.
 
When Ben Murdock heard about the Turner family at his Hyundai dealership, he decided to do the right thing and give the family, that has been through so much, any car on the lot.

Ben Murdock, “they were in shock. Very grateful.”

Deserae’s family came to Murdock Hyundai in Logan this past weekend and met sales guy Landon Siddoway 

Siddoway, “the biggest thing they needed to make sure her wheelchair could fit and it had good fuel economy. The wheelchair fit like a glove.”

In February, 14 year old Deserae Turner was shot in the head and left in a canal to die. Miraculously, she survived but has permanent damage that she and her family will deal with for the rest of her life.

Siddoway, “I didn’t know who they were, Matt and April. I’m doing the normal sales process with them. After looking at a few cars they broke down and said Deserae is our daughter, she’s the one who got shot. I felt terrible as I was getting keys back and forth I told my store manager we need to do something special for them.”
 
Murdock, “the plan was to sell it to them the car for for 10k for a 26k car.”

Owner Ben Murdock got his partners to help chip in. 

Murdock, “I thought and thought about it and decided, they have enough to worry about and wanted to give the car for free.”

Murdock ‘to give them a sense of relief where they don’t have to worry about a vehicle or transportation or getting down to Salt Lake safely, man, just makes you feel good.’
 
Two teens have been charged with attempted murder in connection to shooting Deserae and they will be tried as an adult.

Statement from Deserae’s mother:

‘In the next month alone Des has over 40 medical and therapy appointments. Our family was in need of a reliable vehicle that would also accommodate a wheel chair. We are beyond grateful to Ben Murdock and his amazing team at Hyundai Murdock, for their overwhelming generosity. We are grateful for an excellent car with a warranty and all of the safety features that will allow us to transport Des without worry. We love our new car!’
— April Turner 

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