Another day, another memorial. Another family is left struggling to bury a child killed in a senseless shooting, the third child death this week.
After she finished getting an update from police detectives, grieving mother Jackie Vega received hugs and prayers from a steady stream of family, friends, and neighbors who came to pay their respects.
Vega said she is encouraged by the support.
Vega’s 10-year old daughter, Delilah Hernandez, was killed Thanksgiving morning by a gunman who is still on the run.
Toys stand guard on the porch and candles burn to remember a girl who liked to sing and dance, a tomboy who could hold her own with three brothers.
“She loved her brothers. She was loving and caring, but mean at the same time,” Vega said, smiling through her tears.
Police say that the girl's 19-year-old brother was the target of the attack. Vega said that her son is full of regret, but she tells him she needs his help now to deal with the loss.
”He just tells me he's sorry. He believes it's his fault,” Vega said.
With regard to a motive, police point out old bullet marks on the porch next to the new damage, saying trouble has been here before. But Vega says that moving away was not an option.
"I'm a single mom of four. It's hard," said Vega, who added that knows regret won't bring Delilah back, so now she is making plans to move her surviving children to safety.
And she has a message for the shooter.
“I hope the guy who did this, or girl or whatever, I hope you suffer. You took my daughter,” Vega said.
A barbecue plate sale will also help with funeral costs. It will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at the family’s home in the 100 block of Harwood.
No funeral services have been set up yet.
Meanwhile, San Antonio police have provided no updates as of Friday about the search for the person who fired the fatal shot.
Anyone with information about the attack is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 210-224-STOP.
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