Eva Maria Turcios of Alexandria, Va., honored by Children's Defense Fund for overcoming adversity


November 15, 2012


Every once in a while you hear a story of a person who has overcome unthinkable adversity to rise above and soar. Thursday night, the Children's Defense Fund honored several such teens, one of whom is 17-year-old Eva Maria Turcios. It's not often video exists of the most terrifying night of your life, but for 17-year-old Eva Maria Turcios of Alexandria,, news cameras captured her turning point. In 2006, police say her dad attacked two friends with a machete. Then he went on the run. Eva explains the impact. "That completely changed my life because my dad wasn't there anymore. The police were at our house constantly. Basically, I was forced to grow up, I couldn't be a kid anymore," she said.
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