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Family of boy hit by stray bullet calls for gun-free Fourth of July

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Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 07:45 PM

Diego Duran's family knows how holiday celebrations can turn dangerous.

On New Year's Eve, Diego, then 12, was standing in his front yard in Ruskin watching fireworks when he was hit in the head by a stray bullet. He spent weeks in a coma and is still recovering after six surgeries and several hospital trips.

The boy's mother and godmother launched a campaign called Bullet Free Sky, to bring awareness to the dangers of firing guns in the air and to urge people to celebrate responsibly.

They promoted that campaign today, knowing that many may be tempted to shoot their guns in the air on the Fourth of July.

"Shooting a gun in the air is not a way to celebrate," said Diego's godmother Kat Chiu. "It's a very irresponsible way to hurt somebody."

Diego is home now, but he still suffers short term memory loss, his mother Sandy Duran said.

"We've had a lot of ups and downs with his surgeries and procedures but we feel like we're able to settle down," Sandy Duran said.

The family started selling Bullet Free Sky wristbands and T-shirts to spread awareness.

"We've transformed that pain into passion and right now, our focus is in creating awareness," Sandy Duran said. "Now that we have more passion than pain, … we like to go ahead and do something about this."

No one was charged in Diego's shooting.

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