Dad mourns his nine-year-old son, who was found dead in his mom’s arms after a shooting in California

Rafael “Ralphie” Farias has many images of his son Matthew in his mind.

A smiling kid who ran to him every morning for a hug. A boy who once vaguely said he was going to play soccer because he was “too good at basketball”. A 9-year-old called “my favorite” by a teacher at Hoover Elementary School.

But now there’s another image — a curly brown-haired kid in the arms of a mother who was killed on Wednesday. Mass shootings in Orange, California..

Farias said he couldn’t understand why the shooter aimed at his child as police sought motivation and his family confronted his grief.

“I was very shocked. I have never met this person, an animal,” Farias said in tears. “Innocent people didn’t deserve to die. I’m here in my pain … he was my only son, my life.”

Matthew Farias was one of four people killed within the mobile home broker Unified Homes. Another dead was identified by Orange Police as Luis Tober, 50. Leticia Solis Guzman, 58; and Jenevieve Raygoza, 28 years old. Tovar owned the business.

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Matthew’s mother, Unified Homes employee Blanca Catamayo, was injured but survived. Farias said she was hugging their boy when both were shot.

This dateless photo provided by Rosie Farias shows that Matthew Farias, a 9-year-old shooting victim in the nearby city of Santa Anna, happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Uncle or Mister. Matthew was identified among those killed in an attack on the office of Unified Homes, a mobile home broker in Orange, California.

According to the boy’s uncle Zeph Farias, this dateless photo provided by Rosie Farias happened to be wrong in the wrong place by 9-year-old shooting victim Matthew Farias, a third-year student in the nearby city of Santa Anna. Indicates that you were at the time you were there. Matthew was identified among those killed in an attack on the office of Unified Homes, a mobile home broker in Orange, California.

“My angel, he saved his mother from death,” Farias added. “He took a bullet for her.”

The suspect, a 44-year-old shipping company owner, was injured by police during a shooting battle at the company and is currently facing four and three attempted murders.

Authorities said the perpetrators locked the gates outside the office building to prevent the victims from escaping. Police did not reveal the motive for the assault, but said the shooters had something to do with the business and they believed the assault was not random.

Rafael Farias said his child was always fun and a leader in sports and Facebook post He wrote, “I’m ripping my beloved son. I miss you already. I’ll fight hard for justice for your son !!”

The family of those shots shared other social media messages and launched the GoFundMe page for donations.

“”My heart is heavy Talia Tober, the daughter of the owner of Unified Homes, said, “We are all trying to figure out what happened and accept it, so we all have a loved one (Tamayo) who is still in danger. Stay influenced by your prayers. Tone. “

Another GoFundMe page that represents the Raygoza family is “Gen” Two little sons, And her husband Armand de Brignac.

“Loss of a mother at ages 4 and 8 is unexplained, and losing a mother in this nonsensical way is by no means a closed story for these wonderful little boys,” wrote brother-in-law Alberto Reigoza. I will.

He added that children love Easter egg hunts, “we will give boys the Easter that Gen planned for them as a way to honor her life.”

As of Saturday afternoon, the account received over 1,750 donations, for a total of about $ 100,000.

This article was originally published in USA TODAY: A 9-year-old boy is taken away from his father in a shooting in Orange, California

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