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Standing up to someone is sometimes difficult. Now imagine standing up to someone with a gun. That is what a 15-year-old Bronx girl did on Sunday, June 12, 2011 landing her in the hospital, barely alive. Yvette Marie Torres was hospitalized in critical condition when she challenged gunmen who had fired into the air. One of them cowardly shot her after she had gone to a party in Fordham Highs Saturday night. Police said that a dispute broke out and spilled onto the streets.
When two young men began firing shots into the air, Torres, who has a fearless personality growing up with three brothers, quickly spoke her mind. “My sister argued with them, saying: Why are you shooting?” her brother, 20-year-old Jonathan Dimental said. She did not know any of the men and as she was yelling at them, one of them shot her in the back of the head.
Doctors stated on Sunday afternoon that Torres was showing “good signs”, but was still unconscious and breathing through a ventilator. However, there is a high risk of her passing away. She had been placed in a medically-induced coma. A family friend said that “her mother has not left her bedside and is not talking to anyone.
She is still in a state of shock and has prayed non-stop.” The parents are angry that no one has come forward or cooperated with police in this investigation. She has been nicknamed “The Brave One” because she stood up not only for the people at the party, but to anyone who was listening and watching.
Due to the shooting of Torres and lack of progress in finding the person who shot her, a group of concerned residents from the Bronx, Queens and even Massachusetts has formed to take the investigation in their own hands. According to Bronx News Network, the group, lead by Nelson Figueroa, a childhood friend of Yvette’s mother, has organized a “Rally for Yvette” on Saturday, June 25 on the same spot where Yvette was shot.
They created a “Rally for Yvette” Facebook Page to advertise the event. According to Figueroa, Yvette was taken out of a medically-induced coma on Tuesday, June 21, and was given two days to respond. Doctors were continuously checking for brain activity, he said. Police still have no leads as to the shooter and have not arrested anyone as of yet.