As some of you may have heard, our dear friend and colleague Rafael Delgadillo, was shot in the head early Sunday morning. Rafael is stable, conscious, talking, and has full motor control; however, he currently has lost vision and we are unsure whether this will be temporary or permanent. I would ask that your thoughts be with him, his family, and the unknown youth who shot him at a stop sign in Mid City. Please also be with Lakshmi, who was a passenger in the car. Both of them struck a parked car while trying to escape; Lakshmi is physically ok. Rafael is expected to move out of ICU today into his private room. The visiting hours will change once he is moved. I invite you to send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org or call me (504) 495-1588 if you have any questions.
Puentes is coordinating a planning meeting on Tuesday at 6pm at 1050 S. Jeff Davis Pkwy, 3rd floor lunch room, to plan for a fundraiser for Rafael and for a larger effort to address the systemic causes of youth violence in our city. This latter effort is only beginning to take shape but the aim is to channel people's anger and grief into a movement. A separate meeting will take place to discuss this in full, date TBD. Tuesday's meeting will include some of our partner organizations, but also volunteers from the community and personal friends of Rafael who are interested in assisting with the planning of an event. For those of you who are unable to join our planning committee we will keep you posted with more information as this event is planned.
On Wednesday, Puentes will hold a vigil on Cabrini Bridge over Bayou St. John at 6pm. Please join us as we come together to reflect and pray for a full recovery. We will have a recorder on hand so Rafael can hear uplifting stories and comments from those who are present. Feel free to bring a poem, quote, song, or just a few words to encourage him during his recovery.
His family is forever grateful for all the love and support they have received thus far which has been reflected in the number of friends, colleagues and family who have visited him and also the messages he has received on facebook. They know he is blessed given the circumstances and recognize the power of prayer and support he is receiving from our community.
In peace and solidarity,
The Puentes Family