Posted June 7, 2014, 6:09 p.m.
The family was returning from a sweet-sixteen celebration and the car was loud with chatter. As they pulled up to the curb in Exposition Park, gunfire erupted.
Behind their car, a gunman in an SUV was shooting at a man standing in the street. The family was caught in the middle.
When the gunfire stopped, the driver, Jacob Ayala, called out, asking if his six passengers were OK.
In the middle seat of the silver Honda Pilot, Nelva Hernandez, 45, sat motionless, her head cocked to one side. There was blood around her neck.
"No, Nelva, no," her sister, Blanca Ventura, cried.
The gunman's bullets had missed Blanca's 2-year-old grandson by inches, striking Hernandez in the head. She was taken to a hospital and for the next week, family members, including her two sons, Kevin 14, and Elvin, 18, stayed by her bedside. On April 5, one week ...
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