Athens Review, Athens, Texas

July 9, 2013

Fundraiser this weekend for wounded Mabank girl

Kathi Nailling
The Athens Review

ATHENS — On June 23, 2013, Makayla Maston, 9, from Mabank  suffered extensive injuries to her ankle due to a gunshot wound from an AR15 rifle. Maston is a student at Southside Elementary in Mabank.

According to Henderson Sheriff Ray Nutt, Makayla's uncle, Gary McLeod of Mabank, was repairing the grip of the AR15. He pulled the trigger, thinking the gun chamber was empty.  The bullet hit McLeod's father, Roy McLeod in the thigh, traveled through a wall to hit Makayla in the ankle.

McLeod’s injury was treated at East Texas Medical Center in Gun Barrel City and he was released. 

Nutt said “It looks like an accident.” 

According to Nutt, the case will be turned over to the grand jury for review.

Makayla, also known as Doodle Bug, was airlifted to Tyler after the accident. She has been in Texas Scottish Rite Hospital since being shot in the ankle. On Monday, July 1, she underwent major surgery on her ankle. Makayla has now completed five surgeries. According to her friends, she will still have to undergo a number of additional surgeries.

A website has been established for Makayla called Doodle Bug Warriors. Friends of the family said “Mak” or Doodle Bug is an amazing child, soldiering through so much trauma in a short time. She rarely cries or even complains. She has an amazing network of family, friends, teachers and even strangers who are praying and working hard to see that her needs and those of her and her family are met.

According to friends of the family, all Makayla's needs at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital are being met. But the drive from Mabank to Dallas is a 125-mile round trip.

Makayla's mother Crystal Coleman, owner of Grace Massage Therapy, is sacrificing her business to be with Mak in the hopital on a daily basis. The family is in need of cash to cover gas, food and their bills back home while Mak is in the hospital.

Friends of Mak and her family will be holding a fundraiser for Makayla and her family this Saturday, July 13.  The Doodle Bug Fun Run to benefit Makayla Maston and her family is being held  from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on at the Mabank Pavilion. There will be games, raffles and shopping.