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Alberta highway shooting victim steps towards recovery

12/27/2011 11:19 EST | Updated 02/26/2012 05:12 EST

The lone survivor of an Alberta highway shooting was up and walking on Boxing Day.

Rob Dale, the family spokesperson for Shayna Conway, said in a Facebook message that she is getting stronger and doctors were supporting her severely injured left leg so she could try to move around on Monday.

Dale said she's proud of her accomplishment, as are the friends and family rooting for her.

The native P.E.I. woman was also able to move her left leg, something her father called a “huge answer to prayer.”

A close friend of Conway said she was shot three times — in the abdomen, thigh and shoulder.

Four others died in the roadside murder-suicide Dec. 15 outside Claresholm, south of Calgary.

Mitchell MacLean, 20, and Tanner Craswell, 22, were baseball players, also from P.E.I. who were living in Lethbridge, Alta., and Tabitha Stepple, 22, was Conway’s friend from work.

The four were on their way to the Calgary airport from Lethbridge to drop off the two baseball players, who were returning home for the holidays, when their vehicle was rammed off the road and they were shot.

The gunman, Stepple’s former boyfriend, then killed himself.

Conway, who was able to call the RCMP for help, was treated by EMS and transported to Claresholm Hospital, but due to her serious life-threatening injuries was taken to Calgary for surgery.

Conway had her breathing tube removed Friday.

"She is so relieved,” said a text from Conway’s father Scott to Dale. “It's great to hear her voice, even if it's just a whisper."

Dale said her voice is getting stronger every day.

Conway is now in a private room and hopes to have internet access soon. At that point, Dale says she'll have a laptop and access to her Facebook page.

The family is continuing to accept donations to a trust fund for Conway, and have set up the email address shaynaconwaytrust@live.ca for it.

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