"Our little girl is a fighter and is improving each and every day," her parents said in a statement. "We appreciate your patience, love and support, as we too are stunned and saddened by this tragedy."
The victim, identified by the initials PL in court documents, was stabbed by her two classmates after a sleepover in tribute to a fictional demonic creature called Slenderman they apparently believed was real. Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier plotted to kill their friend for months in order to become "proxies" to Slenderman, who is written about on horror fiction sites.
One of the victim's stab wounds was just one millimeter away from her heart, so she's incredibly lucky to have survived the shocking attack.
"It's real early to say how long it will take her to get over this situation," a family spokesperson tells People. "It's a long-term healing process from a physical as well as a mental and emotional standpoint of being so young and being betrayed by your two best friends."
A GoFundMe donation site has been set up for the victim and her family, and you can help, too, by sending a homemade paper or felt heart to the victim. "These hearts will blanket the walls of this 12-year-old's room," the site requests. "Be a part of surrounding her with beauty and kindness, so that she may be reminded that the power of love is greater than all else."
The girls will be tried as adults and are due back in court on June 11.
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