The parents of a 15-year-old girl caught in the crossfire of a shootout in Orlando's Pine Hills community took time away from their daughter's hospital bed to talk to the public and to offer prayers.
Danielle Sampson was shot in the head as she rode with her parents in their minivan one Sunday evening in late July. Tyrone Mosby Jr. was arrested weeks later after a tip led officers to charge the then 19-year-old man in the shooting.
"This is not the life that I want for my baby. I don't hear her no more. I don't see her smiling no more, or playing basketball," read a letter written by Sampson's mother, Alma Fletcher.
Unable to speak those words in public herself, she asked a family spokesperson to read the letter.
"Why don't somebody open up their heart and give me a decent home to live in? Or a vehicle to drive, so that my child won't be stuck in a home," the letter continued.
Sampson was riding home from a Sunday church service on July 29, when she was struck by a stray bullet. She has been in a coma ever since.
"Danielle, at the tender age of 15, is fighting for her life through fevers, elevated heart rate, battling infections," said family spokesperson Nouchelle Hastings, of Greater Orlando Cares.
Church leaders have asked the community to step up their efforts to help. "Anyone that has a care and concern as a child to step forward and help in this time of financial need," said the pastor of the Calvary Assembly of Winter Park.
The family says their insurance is about to run out, so next week, Danielle will be transferred from the hospital to a rehab facility for two weeks, then she'll be going home.
"To that end, the Fletchers are asking for prayer and fasting as accepting some of the options of placing Danielle in a group home are no options at all," said Hastings.
Danielle's mother is about to go through crash course on how to take care for Danielle in her fragile condition.
"Why doesn't' somebody help me and my child?" asked Fletcher.
Calvary Assembly of Winter Park is challenging other congregations to help Danielle's family. They have pledged to match every dollar that another house of worship raises, up to $5,000.
If you'd like to help Danielle's family go to www.GoFundMe.com/supportdanielle.