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Mother of three shot in neck to be taken off life support, family pleads for shooter to come forward

Kai Porter
May 27, 2017 10:57 PM

An Albuquerque family is desperate for answers after someone shot a mother of three, leaving her on life support.


The family of 27-year-old Celina Marie Macias Arellanes has made the agonizing decision to take her off life support and donate her organs.

"It just kills me that somebody out there could be sitting there knowing what they did to this woman, this beautiful human that had three beautiful wonderful children," said Michelle Macias, Celina’s mother.

Celina was shot along Zuni near Wyoming around 11:45 p.m. Wednesday. Police say the shooter is possibly a man who was seen leaving the area in a vehicle, but they don't have a good description.

Celina's family doesn't believe she was the intended target.

"When she was shot the bullet went through her neck, completely took out her spinal cord, and blew out the side of her neck," said Macias. "We need to know why and how and what's going on. We just need to know."

Celina will leave behind three young children.  Celina's parents take some comfort in knowing she'll live on by having her organs donated. It’s something she told her mom she would want after she was held up earlier this month at the convince store where she worked.

"My daughter said if anything ever happened to her she wanted to make sure that other ones had life and could live through her,” said Macias.

Celina's family is now pleading for the shooter to come forward and at least give them the peace of mind of knowing what happened and why.

"God knows what you've done,” said Macias. “No matter where you try to hide, He sees you. He will take care of you. Because I believe in my Lord, and He says vengeance is mine, save the Lord, and He will do it His way. You will be found because you can't hide from the eyes of God."

If you have any information on the shooting call Crime Stoppers at 843-STOP.

The family has set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for Celina’s funeral expenses and to support her three children. If you’d like to donate, click here.


Kai Porter

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