— A community is coming together to help a young girl who was the victim of a terrible crime.

Guadalupe Galeno-Hernandez, 12, was shot in the neck in a drive-by shooting three months ago. She was walking with a group of friends in South Minneapolis when she was hit.

Now, Guadalupe will likely be paralyzed for the rest of her life.

On Saturday, a fundraiser was held at the All God’s Children Metropolitan Community Church to help the family.

Traditional Mexican dancers showed off their skills and a clown entertained the crowd. However, with all this happiness, you could still see sadness in Hilda Galeno-Hernandez’ eyes.

We asked Hilda how her daughter is doing.

“Guadalupe is sad and not doing too well, because she can’t move her hands,” she said, through an interpreter.

It’s been a long two months for Guadalupe. At age 12, she says she dreams of a day when she can dance again.

The single mom of three wants that for her daughter, as well. But she told us it’s been very hard and she’s overwhelmed by the growing medical bills.

Some of the people here don’t even know Guadalupe, but they wanted to come out and support the family in their time of need.

“I don’t have to know to care, that it’s someone in our community, a member of our neighborhood that this is happening to,” said Janet Dahlem, who lives only two blocks from where Guadalupe was shot.

“While she’s in the hospital trying to recover and trying to have a sense of life, we’re here saying we’re totally against violence in our community,” said VJ Smith, the President of MADDADS.

Guadalupe may be able to get out of the hospital next month. The gunman still hasn’t been caught. Crime stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward.

If you would like to help Guadalupe and her family, donations are being accepted at any M&I Bank location.

Sonya Goins, Producer
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Comments (6)
  1. Shelly says:

    Really? That’s all you have to say in regards to a 12 year old girl that was shot at no fault of her own? Shame on you!

  2. Alan says:

    Ex-pat Minnesotan here, and I just donated.

  3. Allie says:

    Having to hold fundraisers?
    Shame on society. We in society are to blame for the conditions on Chicago Avenue and We, the taxpayers, should be paying for the girl’s care – not charitable donations.

    It is exactly one year ago that, on Chicago Ave, Walter Dolley became the fifth 2010 murder in Minneapolis, just 1/2 block from where Guadalupe Galeno-Hernandez was shot. Dolley, an Edina High School senior was walking to his nearby home on a Friday night along with two other Edina friends after visiting a convenience store. His shooting disappeared from the news within days as other murders developed and I imagine is no longer being investigated.

    Guadalupe Galeno-Hernandez, also inconprehensibly shot on the other side of the same block on a wide, well traveled, major street was in a place where gang members target practice and earn their stripes. One of the city’s major youth centers is only another half-block away.

    We as a society are guilty of letting this continue. We as a society are responsible for the costs – and fixing the problem.

  4. lib says:

    All the medical bills for this child are paid by medicaid, How do you think a single mother of 3 manages to make it ot America, eat, live in a home, care for her children? it isn’t because she is picking fruit folks you are paying everydime. The fundraiser is just a feel good tactic. When she receives the money it would be interesting to see where she spends it.

  5. Lisa Johnson says:

    Yes we are responsible for fixing the problem, maybe part of the fix should be enforcing imigration laws. Why do citizen’s have to follow federal law like the reqirement to file taxes or the requirement to get a passport and people who aren’t citizens are held to the same standard? As a matter of fact we offer applications and dl tests in several different languages when a requirement of being a citizen is speaking English. It may be a long process to become a citizen but anything worth having is worth working for.

    1. ej says:

      It is not a requirement to speak english. America has no offical language. If you have a problem with that take it up with your elected officals!

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