Couple Renovating Worthington Home Where Teen was Shot
Updated: Monday, February 18 2013, 08:25 PM EST
WORTHINGTON -- A central Ohio couple is working to turn a vacant house back into a home more than six years after a teen was shot on the property.
Emma Rousculp and her fiance, Mike Wilson, are renovating the Worthington home where high school student Rachel Barazinsky was shot in the head in 2006.
Barazinsky and her friends visited the house -- which was believed by some to be haunted -- on a dare, and briefly stepped on to the property before returning to their vehicle. As the teens drove away, one of the home's occupants, Allen Davis, fired a bullet through his bedroom window.
Davis -- who is serving a 19 year prison sentence -- said he was only trying to scare the girls when he fired the shot that left Barazinsky with serious injuries from which she is still recovering.
The Sharon Springs Dr. home has been vacant since the 2009 death of Davis's mother, but is now rife with activity as Rousculp and Wilson work to complete extensive renovations.
Wilson and Rousculp -- whose mother purchased the home at a sheriff's sale in early February -- hope the Worthington community will help them give new life to the blighted home, and have created a Facebook page to solicit donations and volunteer labor.
"One of the coolest things about it is to try to move past that terrible story," Wilson said. "Hopefully, getting the house built back up and getting it cleared out will maybe allow the community to move past it."
The couple hopes to complete the renovations by Christmas, 2013.
Reporter: Carol Luper
Web Producer: Ken Hines