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Parlier Teen Shot in Eye Speaks Out for First Time as She Recovers

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<p>Brianna Ramirez, 16, spoke out for the first time after she was shot in the eye three weeks ago in Parlier.</p><p>Brianna was the innocent victim of gang violence and is recovering after she was critically wounded. </p><p>Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims joined Brianna in a press conference Thursday to thank the community for the support and to continue to ask for information in the case.</p><p>Returning to&nbsp;her campus at Sanger High for the&nbsp;first time since&nbsp;she was shot, Brianna&nbsp;smiled as she took pictures with her softball teammates–the girls who’ve been a strong support system to her.</p><p>Today, she&nbsp;stood smiling–a strong survivor.</p><p>&quot;It means a lot. It means the absolute world to me that they were here,&quot; Brianna said.</p><p>Sheriff Mims also stood by Brianna’s side and prayed with&nbsp;her&nbsp;for justice.</p><p>Mims said&nbsp;her detectives are working tirelessly on the case every day.</p><p>&quot;Just today they were conducting additional interviews. We believe there is somebody out there in these communities that knows what happened,&quot; Mims said.</p><p>On Feb. 12, Brianna was riding in the car with her mother in Parlier near their home in the area of Tuolumne and Fett Streets when&nbsp;their car was struck by gang gunfire.</p><p>For several days, Brianna was in a medically induced coma, and she has since lost her right&nbsp;eye.</p><p>&quot;I’m doing good. I mean, it does get difficult seeing with one eye, but it’s not impossible. I&nbsp;am able to pull through it,&quot; Brianna said.</p><p>The Sanger High sophomore plays second base. She said she’s motivated to get better to re-join her team on the field.</p><p>Her teammates have been selling Bases for Brianna bracelets to fundraise for her and show their support.</p><p>&quot;It’s good to see them smile because there haven’t been a lot of smiles out there,&quot; said Sanger High softball coach Erica Pennington. &quot;There’s just a hole out there at second base, and it’s just hard.&quot;</p><p>As Brianna&nbsp;recovers and re-adjusts to life, her family and the sheriff’s office are pleading for information.</p><p>Since she was shot, there have been two more shootings in that area.</p><p>&quot;I believe someone knows something, they just don’t want to own up to it. Not just for my sake but my whole neighborhood’s sake, I would like someone to speak up,&quot; Brianna said.</p><p>Brianna is on home studies now but hopes to get back to school soon. She said she will also be getting a prosthetic eye.</p><p>There is still a reward of $9,000 offered in this case for information. Anyone with information should call Detective Hector Palma with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office at 559-600-8204 or 559-367-4734, or Crime Stoppers at 498-STOP to remain anonymous.<br /></p></div>

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