PILSEN — A Pilsen family is asking for help after a 13-year-old was wounded in a shooting last week.
The boy, Axel Robledo, was shot in his head and has been hospitalized since. He’s doing better, but he is facing a long recovery, his family said. They created a GoFundMe to raise money for his medical care. It has collected more than $2,800 as of Tuesday morning.
“As a family, our hearts are still aching and scarred due to this horrific event,” Axel’s cousin, Chelsea Parra, wrote on the GoFundMe page. “Anything will help our family and we are all forever grateful for everyone that has been keeping us in their prayers.”
The shooting happened about 10 p.m. Sept. 13: Axel was walking with family members on West 21st Place between Wolcott Avenue and Wood Street, headed to his grandma’s home, when two people fired shots at them, police and his family said. Axel was hit in his head.
Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan said at a news conference police think the shooting was a random act of violence stemming from a gang feud in the area, and the family had no connection to the feud.
Two men — Isaiah Renteria, 22, and Pedro Molina, 23 — were arrested and charged last week with five counts of attempted murder in connection to the shooting, according to police.
Axel’s aunt and the family’s spokesperson, Berenice Robledo, said the teen is able to say a few words, but he’s still suffering.
“It’s something inexplicable, you know? [Axel’s] pain, but also our own,” Robledo said in Spanish.
Robledo said the family doesn’t want to comment on the charges.
“Right now, we’re focusing on our child, who thanks to God is still with us,” Robledo said.
Donations to Axel’s recovery can be made online.