When Jorge Hernandez set off to get some milk from the dollar store for his baby, he did not think it would be the last time he would be seeing his beloved family.
Life is quite unpredictable. We can never tell when it can take a turn for the worse. If we did, we would all make sure to hug our loved ones tighter and hold them closer.
When Jorge Hernandez set off to get some milk from the dollar store for his baby, he did not think it would be the last time he would be seeing his beloved family. The father of five was in the store when a man opened fire. Hernandez was fatally shot and another woman in her '50s was also wounded. In the last moments of his life, Hernandez made a final call to his wife.
Marlene Jimenez, his wife of 10 years was at work when she got the heartbreaking call from her husband. "He tells me that he needs me to go for the kids because he just got shot," Jimenez told Fox 10. "His last words to me were that I made him the happiest man these 10 years, and that he wanted me to take care of his kids for him and that he loved me so much." The call left Jimenez in shock. Hernandez mustered the strength during his last moments to talk to his wife for one last time. He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. A bullet had gone through Hernandez's hip.
Hernandez was described as an amazing man and his wife added, "He loved his kids so much, so it just kills me that my kids are gonna be here without their father." The incident occurred a few weeks before Christmas. Hernandez was supposed to take his kids out to do some Christmas shopping the day after he was shot. Jimenez made an emotional plea to the public stating, "If anybody can help us find the person that did this damage, I really do want my husband to have justice because it wasn't his time to go. He still had a lot to live for." Police were able to gather information from surveillance footage that recorded the suspect driving away in a car.
'Take care of the kids, I love you': Dying father makes final call to his wife after being shot https://t.co/x9W2XJLBDU— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) December 17, 2020
Phoenix Police Department managed to arrest Deon D. Finnley, 22, in connection with the shooting. He was arrested on suspicion of homicide and booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail on Tuesday, reported AZ Central. As per the court documents, a man was alleged to have shot at him from the passenger seat of a car as it pulled away from the store. Prior to the shooting Finnley had even made a purchase from the store. This helped identify him as the suspect, tying together witness statements and electronic transaction data. Finnley was arrested near Roosevelt Street and Estrella Parkway in Goodyear.
Finnley, in his statement, said that although he visited the store, it was someone else who fired the gun. The other occupants of the car, however, conceded that Finnley was indeed the shooter during their interviews with police.
The grieving family reached out via GoFundMe to help fulfill Hernandez's last wish to have his final resting place in his hometown next to his father. On the page, the family wrote: Jorge dedicated his life to his children and wife he was a hard-working father and husband who always did everything he could to make sure his family was good. As his family, we are all devastated by this unexpected loss. He is now in a better place and resting in peace but leaves behind a hurting family. From the bottom of our hearts we ask you to keep us in your prayers and if possible please consider donating if you are able to do so. You can donate to the family here.