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“The pain is deep”: Menasha shooting survivor releases statement

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(WBAY) -- Menasha shooting survivor Erin Stoffel is releasing a statement as she continues her recovery, according to WBAY TV in Green Bay.

The statement was released through Theda Clark Medical Center, where Erin is in good condition after suffering three gunshot wounds during the May 3 shooting at the Trestle Trail Bridge. The shooting claimed the life of her husband Jonathan, 33; daughter Olivia, 11; and 31-year-old Adam Bentdahl of Appleton.

"I am grateful to my friends, family and the community for their outpouring of support and prayers to me and my children. I have a long road ahead of me, but my doctors say I am making progress. It is still hard. Jon was such an incredible husband and father. I was so honored God chose me to be his wife. He taught me so much and was so selfless, loving and funny. I could go on and on. Olivia was the most sweetest, dear daughter. She had a heart of gold and loved her family and close friends. I miss them so much and the pain is deep. However, I cherish my visits in the hospital with Ezra and Selah and, with the help of God, will be strong for them. I look forward to joining them at home soon."

Erin was able to attend last week's funerals for husband Jonathan and daughter Olivia with help of medical transport. She went back to the hospital to continue recovery. Ezra and Selah are Erin's surviving children.

Funeral services for shooting victim Adam Bentdahl were held the previous weekend.

The four victims were shot May 3 when a gunman opened fire on people enjoying a day on the popular Trestle Trail walking bridge and nearby Fritse Park.

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