CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Children caught in the crossfire; gun violence is on the rise across Northeast Ohio.
All too often for the victims and their families, the shooting is just the beginning of the tragedy.
“When you shoot someone or hurt someone, it takes an impact on the entire family, not just the person that you injured, but the entire family,” said Deshonna Minor.
Minor’s 8-year-old year granddaughter, Yonni, was shot in June in East Cleveland.
You may recall her story: She was outside of an East Cleveland store with her father when she was shot in the head.
Yonni did survive the shooting, but is constantly in and out of the hospital learning how to walk again and dealing with a brain bleed.
“She’s had another brain surgery, this is like the fourth one and it’s just back and fourth,” said Minor.
Minor speaking only to 19 News about Yonni’s long road to recovery and how it has taken a toll on her family.
“It’s very different because she’s a straight A student, very active, dancing and we’ll never get to see her dance again and don’t know if she’ll be able to sing again,” Minor added.
Minor says her family is overwhelmed in medical bills.
“We’ve pretty much tapped out of our savings, mom can’t return to her job because she has to be there for Yonni when the doctors call.”
Minor is now asking the community for help.
“We just for some sort of help because she is going to need a ramp when she comes home.”
Yonni’s family set up a GoFundMe page for donations that will go toward the ramp and other medical expenses.