Last week, we told you the heartbreaking story of Christina Walker, the 12-year-old Queens girl who survived after being shot in the head by her father, Jonathon Walker. As previously reported, after being shot, Christina managed to dial 911 and let police officers into the home once her father fled the scene. Unfortunately, Christina’s mother, younger sister, and grandmother, who were also shot by Jonathon, did not survive. Jonathon later took his own life.
An update on the preteen’s condition has been provided by Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Queens) and he says that she’s expected to make a full recovery.
“She’s doing much better,” Richards told the Daily News. “It’s going to be a long road to recovery, but she is … a strong-willed young girl. I think she’s going to pull through 100%.”
Sadly, Richards says that Christina asked about her mother over the weekend and was informed that her mom, sister and grandmother are gone.
“She just found out Sunday that unfortunately she lost her family,” said Richards, who intends to set up an education fund for her. “It hurt my heart … Unfortunately, I’ve been through many of these situations, but not a situation of this caliber.”
While she may have lost her immediate family, according to previous reports, Christina is not alone. Relatives immediately rushed to her bedside following the January 24th incident and Richards says that the community is prepared to rally around her as well.
“We will do everything in our power to help her,” he said.
We continue to send our prayers Christina and her relatives. Those wishing to donate to her education fund can call Richards’ office at (718) 471-7014.