Family shares update 2 weeks after shooting outside Isotopes Park
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Froylan Villegas was leaving an Albuquerque Isotopes game exactly two weeks ago when someone shot into his family’s truck more than a dozen times.
Froylan died and his cousin, Tatiana Villegas, was critically injured.
At the time, police said this was a road rage shooting, but haven’t released any updates since then. His death sparked the Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s public health order on gun violence a day later.
The last thing APD shared was a photo of the dark Dodge Durango SRT they believe the gunman was driving.
On Wednesday, a department spokesperson said he can’t provide much of an update at this point because the investigation is “sensitive.”
KOB 4 talked to a close friend of the Villegas family Wednesday.
“It’s starting to settle in, and she has better days than she has had bad days, but it’s hard for her, it’s extremely hard for her,” said Angelica Amaro, a family friend.
She has a long road to recovery physically and emotionally. Her injuries from the shooting outside Isotopes Park caused her to miss Froylan’s funeral last week.
“She had a hard time not being there with the family and having to be bedridden in the hospital while the family was having to deal with this,” said Amaro.
Doctors say it could take a miracle for her to walk again. But Villegas’ friend says she won’t accept that without a fight.
“She is adamant about walking and that’s her goal,” Amaro said.
Villegas went to a rehab facility Tuesday where she will do extensive therapy for a spinal cord injury.
“The physical therapist she met with today is amazing and is very positive about Tatiana’s goals,” said Amaro.
Family and friends know if there is anyone who can defy the odds it’s Tatiana.
“She is so beautiful inside and out.”
Another hurdle for the Villegas family in the midst of this heartbreak is getting their house ready for Tatiana to come home.
Once she completes three weeks in rehab she will be in a wheelchair. Now, they’re scrambling right now to make their home wheelchair accessible.
If you would like to help the family with medical expenses, there is a GoFundMe page.