'I believe that God is going to show us all a miracle;' a teenager struggles to recover after being shot

Published: Jan. 8, 2018 at 10:37 PM AKST
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Juanita Lolesio's family said their 19-year-old daughter is a peacemaker, a goofball and the life of the party.

Now, however, her family says things are dramatically different. Now, Juanita is on life support after being shot in the head.

On December 30, 2017 at around 3 a.m., police were called to the 100 block of Oklahoma Street for a report of gunfire.

Anchorage police say a woman was shot and critically injured, but released little additional information, including the name of the victim.

Instead, it was Lolesio's family who released the 19-year-old's name, hoping it could lead to more clues about who shot their teenage daughter.

Erica Lolesio, Juanita's mother, said her daughter was celebrating a friend's birthday on the night of the shooting.

Erica said Juanita called her on the night she was shot, saying she was on her way home.

"They always call me when they are on their way home, and she called to say they are dropping people off," Erica said.

Two minutes after her daughter's phone call, Erica said she got a call saying her daughter had been shot in the head.

Erica said Juanita is in critical condition on life support, but that she has faith in a recovery. "I believe that God is going to show us all a miracle," Erica said.

The Anchorage Police Department said many people were with Juanita, and likely witnessed the shooting. Now, the family is asking for anyone with information to come forward.

"It would help bring closure to a family. Holding back information like that is never easy. We get it. Nobody ever wants to be a snitch, but this is a person's life that is at stake here," Pasha Lolesio, Juanita's stepmother said.

Pasha said more needs to be done to addresses violent crimes like this in the community.

"Young teenagers dying on the streets. I understand that it is hard with a lot of these kids not wanting to say anything and they can't put facts on the case. I really think they need to crack down and push hard," Pasha Lolesio said.

The family said they don't know who is responsible for the shooting, and they don't know why it happened.

"I know that my daughter was in the wrong place at the wrong time, she did not deserve this. That is all I know," Juan Lolesio, Juanita's father said.