Drive-by shooting survivor meets Blake Shelton

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX -- It's the moment Adam Pepiton had been waiting for.

"For me, it's just right in the heart," he said.

The Valley resident was anxiously waiting to hear his favorite song, "God Gave Me You," at the Blake Shelton concert at Ak Chin Pavilion Friday night.

But the concert meant more to Pepiton than to most fans.

Exactly four years ago, his life changed forever. He was shot in the head in a drive-by shooting after leaving a barbecue at his friend's house.

And it was Shelton's song that inspired him to continue on.

Pepiton created a YouTube video sharing his story and asking viewers to help him meet Shelton at the Phoenix concert.

"Every little 'like' on that video helped. Everyone sharing it helped. I appreciate all of them. Everybody doing that just got me here," he told 3TV before the concert.

The video caught the attention of Shelton's crew, who arranged to have Pepiton meet the country music superstar.

"Honestly, it didn't really set in until about last night," he said. "I'm like, what I am I gonna say to him? ... I couldn't sleep."

Pepiton, beaming and sporting a T-shirt with Shelton's song lyrics, said meeting the singer was the opportunity of a lifetime and something he can cross off his bucket list.

The person who shot Pepiton remains at large, but he wasn't thinking about that. He was just enjoying the moment.

"I'm just living my life and if I inspire others living my life, then that's great," he said.



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