Families unite over East NY shootings

February 27, 2009 8:59:54 PM PST
The families of the four East New York shooting victims came together Friday, leaning on each other for support after a violent 12 hours that left two young women dead and two more in the hospital. The mother of murder victim Jeanette 'Cindy' Martinez is asking for the public's help in locating the man who shot her daughter in the head Wednesday, leaving 4-year-old Jordan without a mother.

"He keeps calling for his mother, and we distract him with a toy or McDonalds or something," cousin Isabel Colon said. "He doesn't know, when he sees his mother in the casket, that's when we have to deal with it."

Jeanette Martinez is one of four young women shot in East New York on Wednesday. The families of the victims, strangers before, are now leaning on each other for comfort at a vigil outside Brookdale Hospital.

After speaking with the media, the families went upstairs to visit with the 11-year-old girl who was shot in the chest inside her home. She is doing much better, which is the one bright spot among all the sadness.

"She's conscious," City Councilman Charles Barron said. "She's sitting up in a chair and she's going to have a full recovery."

Family of Jeanette Martinez said she had filed a complaint just hours before she died against the alleged shooting suspect. And the family added, she had an order of protection against him too. They found it in her pocket at the morgue. He is still at large, and so is the man wanted for shooting the 11-year-old girl.


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