YUMA, Ariz. – A family member is asking for assistance after two children, Ivan and Issis Trujillo-Evangelista, were shot while riding in the back seat of their mother’s car on December 27th.
Their aunt, Vanessa Evangelista, has set up a Go Fund Me Page page to help the seven and eight year old and their parents.
“We need to get them transportation. We need to get them relocated,” said Evangelista.
The mother was fleeing from an unknown gunman when the two were shot off James Drive in Yuma. Yuma Police Department believes the incident was gang related, but does not know if the gunmen knew the two children were in the car.
They were transported to a Phoenix hospital for treatment. Ivan has been released in stable condition.
“He hasn’t been able to be away from his parents. He is having a lot of nightmares,” said Evangelista.
Issis is still getting treatment for internal injuries related to the shooting.
“Issis has been getting better and then she gets worse,” according to the aunt.
Evangelista says they have tried to seek assistance from local organizations for help, but because of the nature of the crime the family has been turned down.
The family’s car is in police custody as the investigation continues. Evangelista says Christmas presents and other personal items were taken along with the car.
They are hoping to raise $20,000 for the family to help with medical expenses, relocating and treatment for the children. Since the start of the campaign on January 1st, the family has raised $1,920.00.