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EXCLUSIVE: Sister of Youngstown mom shot in the head speaks out

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -

A mother of two children remains on life support after police found her shot in the head on Youngstown's south side Saturday morning.

Denise Thurston, 32, was found slumped over in the driver's seat of a car on Hilton Avenue with a gunshot wound to the head when police were called to the scene at about 4:30 a.m.

Police say she was taken to Mercy Health St. Elizabeth Hospital, where she underwent surgery.

Thurston is described by her sister as an outgoing, good mom. 

In an exclusive interview, Carla Hunt tells 21 News that she can't understand why her sister is now in a hospital bed fighting for her life.

"I don't know what to think, is she going to live? Is she going to die? My sister, she was just shot in her head, someone just tried to kill my sister," Hunt said.

Thurston's boyfriend, Terrance Edmonds, 31, was arrested Saturday in connection to the shooting. 

He's charged with felonious assault and domestic violence. Hunt says Edmonds and her sister live together. 

Hunt says her sister went to pick him up at a house in Youngstown when she was shot in the head on Hilton Avenue. 

"Why not just leave her? Like it didn't just affect her, it affected her entire family," Hunt said.

Thurston has a 10-year-old daughter and five-year-old son. 

Hunt now fears that the very gun Thurston recently bought for protection may have been used by Edmonds to shoot her sister.

"She was afraid of him, that was what she was telling everybody," Hunt said.

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