Doctors Not Hopeful Alejandro Estrada Will Survive Shooting

POSTED: Thursday, January 29, 2009 - 7:30pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 12:32pm

Doctors have given the family of 21-year-old, Alejandro Estrada no hope of surviving. The family is devastated. Doctors say only a miracle can bring Alex who is father of a newborn back to life.

Ivonne Valdez, Alex’s older sister says knowing her younger brother is only breathing because of ventilators is the toughest thing she has had to face in her lifetime.

“They told us he's not making it if they unhook him. He’s depending on the medications they're giving him.”

She’s not used to seeing Alex hooked to several machines clinging to life. She describes her brother as a strong young man who had many goals. He was always so happy, full of life and not too long ago, he became a father of a baby boy, who carries his name.

“It’s not easy. I’m still hoping he reacts, that he's going to wake up and going to be with us still.”

But doctors aren't so optimistic. They declared Alex brain dead Tuesday night and say only a miracle can save his life.

“I’m just praying, thinking so many things inside my head and I’m trying to be strong for my family.”

Events of what happened Tuesday night are still unclear to Valdez. She still does not understand why Garfield would ever open fire on someone who didn't do anything to harm him. Hidalgo County Investigators concluded that her brother and his friends did not steal palm trees as Garfield suspected.

If Alex passes, Garfield will be charged with murder. He has already been charged with two counts of criminal attempted murder. He remains in jail on a $1 million bond.

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