Young shooting victim showing signs of improvement

Katie Crowther

Young shooting victim showing signs of improvement

CREATED Jun. 11, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A young shooting victim is showing signs of improvement, the same day her mother and half-sister are laid to rest.

4-year-old Sophia Trujillo survived a gunshot wound to the neck and is still in very serious condition at University Medical Center.

Sophia's mother, Maria Flores, and 17-year-old half-sister, Elizabeth Gomez, didn't survive their injuries. Their funeral was held on Tuesday at St. Anne Catholic Church.

The shootings happened at the family's home in the east Valley two weeks ago. Police said it was Maria's boyfriend, Manual Mata, who's responsible. Police believe he was in a jealous rage when he opened fire in his home.

"Sophia is still fighting," says cousin, Yolanda Diaz. "I believe she's going to survive. We're taking it day by day."

"She's a little miracle," adds cousin, Annabelle Erives. "I know she's very strong."

They say Sophia is showing signs of improvement. She's opening her eyes and moving her hands and feet in her hospital bed.

Sophia's three other half-sisters, and the rest of her family, make sure she's never alone at UMC. They're somehow staying strong for her, even as they cope with the sudden loss of Maria and Elizabeth.

"It's devastating," Diaz says. "No one should die like that. They're going to be missed."

"We're just confused," Erives adds. "We're in shock still. We don't how this happened."

Making it even harder for the family to be at UMC is the fact that Manuel Mata -- the man who went on the shooting rampage inside the home -- is also at the hospital.

Police say after shooting the others, he turned the gun on himself. He's in critical condition with gunshot wounds to the head.

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