Brooklyn Rouse speaks out for first time since shooting

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Brooklyn Rouse was honored at a benefit concert in Macon on Friday night.

The 21-year-old was shot while delivering a pizza to a home on Vivian Drive back in December. Rouse was in critical condition, but has now made a tremendous recovery.

Macon-Bibb County presented her with a proclamation for her strength and bravery in her difficult time. Rouse was surrounded by her family and friends during her recognition.

She says she’s thankful for all of the support and has a message for everyone.

“Keep hope alive,” said Rouse. “Anything that you’re going through anything that you think you can’t get through, you can. Trust me, because I never would have put myself in a situation like this, ever.”

Rouse is excited to start school again at Georgia Military College as soon as she can. She wants to run her own business one day.

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Edna Ruiz joined the 41NBC news team in October of 2016. She was born and raised in Plant City, Florida. Edna graduated from the University of South Florida in May of 2016, majoring in Telecommunications with a focus in Broadcast News and a minor in Political Science. During her time at USF, she interned at Univision Tampa Bay, FOX 13 News and was the On-Air Promotions announcer for the New York Yankees during Spring Training. She was a USF Latino Scholar and a member of Alpha Delta Pi. She comes from a Mexican-American background and is fluent in Spanish. Although she’s very new to the area, she is excited to be serving the Middle Georgia community. Edna loves to meet new people and hear their stories. So, if you have a story idea or just want to say hi, feel free to reach out to her at eruiz@41NBC.com