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SHOT BY HIS MOTHER A BOY’S BRAVE FIGHT

Joey Slaight was just 8 years old when his mother killed his brother and herself and left him with a bullet in his brain. Three years later his family calls him a miracle
AGAINST ALL ODDS Joey Slaight (with grandmother Randa Slaight) “is so loving,” says Randa. “He never quit. He gives us so much hope and encouragement. He’s more than we ever hoped for.”

In the backyard of his Owasso, Okla., home, 11-year-old Joey Slaight is chasing his 4-year-old twin cousins around a mini trampoline while they play one of their favorite games: monster. “I’m going to get you!” Joey roars as the boys scream in mock terror. It’s a picture of suburban weekend normalcy, but watching it all unfold, Joey’s aunt Andra Munoz can’t quite believe her eyes. “I sit there with my mouth open when he’s playing like any other kid,” says Andra. “There are so many times in a day that I am amazed, that I say, ‘I can’t believe he’s doing that.’”

In fact, three years ago Joey’s family wasn’t sure the playful, happy-go-lucky boy would ever walk or talk again. On Jan.

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