BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The morning of February 22, 2017, may have changed many lives, but it would not end any. You couldn't tell that though from the scene that morning at her home in Baton Rouge. Police say she was shot nine times will lying in the bathtub.
"It's a miracle that I'm here," said Angela Gabriel. "Everything that could have gone wrong, did not. All my friends were afraid to come see me. They thought I was going to be hooked up to machines. The same way you see me, is the same way I talked to everybody who came in the room. I had to tell everyone, stop crying when you come in here."
Ms. Angela says she knows her attacker, but this story is not about him. An arrest has been made and we'll leave that to the courts. Besides, she says it wasn't just evil that was in the room with her that morning. She felt something else.
"I don't go to church every Sunday. I can't quote bible scriptures. But I will tell you, when you need God, God shows up," said Angela. "I said, I don't want to die today. I have four kids. At that moment, my bathroom became H-D.
"It's like you get a new pair of glasses and you put them on and you're like, I can see! That's what it was like.
"I remember everything. The paramedics coming in. Being put in the truck. I remember it saying E-T-A eight minutes. I thought, this is going to be the longest eight minute ride."
But she made it to the hospital. The first step in what will be a lifetime of recovery and adjustment.
"I am permanently paralyzed from the chest down. You have your ball and socket joint here, well, I have no ball. It's healing on its own before reconstructive surgery. At this moment I have use of this arm."
It is easy to see her strength. It pours from her. Especially when she talks about what she says put her here.
She hopes other women can learn from her, before it's too late.
"No one has the right to take anyone's life," she said. "I don't care how upset you are, anything that I said. You don't have the right to take my life.
"People talk about domestic violence. It is way more than physical abuse. It is verbal and mental. Some women think, I'm strong, nobody can say these things to me. There comes a point where the verbal abuse will break you down and make you think a certain way."
Her thinking now, is very focused - it's all about family.
"If I never walk again, I'm still very grateful God has given me life. I can still hold my children, I can still hug them. I'm still me. I have my sound mind, my motor mouth. I'm still me. I'm alive. I'm alive. I know that God has something so big for me. You don't pull me out of a bathtub like that and don't have a plan for me."
What that plan is, time will tell. But it's time that Angela is very grateful to have.
If you'd like to help Angela with her medical expenses, there are a couple ways you can do that.
Her employer, Keller Williams, has set up a fund for her. Just make check and mail a check to:
Keller Williams First Choice
17111 Commerce Centre Drive, Suite A
Prairieville, LA 70769
In the memo line of the check, make sure you put the name "Angela Gabriel."
You can also donate online by CLICKING HERE.