Mother shot in the head while her toddler sat in backseat of the car
A young mother was shot inside of her car while her six-year-old daughter sat in the backseat.
Jacqueline Flores, 25, died of her injuries of Friday night after suffering a gunshot wound to her head, according to People.
While investigators believe Flores was not the intended target of the shooter, it is possible that the ‘senseless act of violence’ was a case of mistaken identity, police said in a statement on Sunday.
A stray bullet was lodged into her head last Tuesday while her car was parked between Kearney Boulevard and Thorne Avenue. The bullet went through the rear window of her car near where her daughter sat. The girl was not injured.
Flores was ‘ fighting for her life and listed in grave condition’ on Thursday night. But ultimately, the shot to her head led to her death.
She was a college student at California State University Fresno and was a labor worker at a nearby garlic field.
Her surviving cousin Odalis Tepec told KGPE that Flores did not deserve to die that way and that she was a dedicated parent.
‘To me, she was like a big sister. Every time I needed someone to talk to, she was always there,’ Tepec told the station. ‘It was hard to believe. It felt like it could have been a dream, like, we just had to wake up. But it wasn’t.’
Tepec continued: ‘She was always with her daughter. Jaqi wants the best for her… and us, as family, we’re going to make that happen. We’re never going to leave her to the side.’
The family has set up a GoFundMe page which as of Tuesday afternoon had raised more than $11,000, exceeding the fundraiser’s goal.
An investigation is ongoing and anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact Crime Stoppers.