The paralyzed partner of slain Chicago cop Ella French faces a “potentially lifelong disability,” according to a fundraiser that posted the first image of the critically injured officer in his hospital bed.
French, 29, was fatally shot and her partner Carlos Yanez severely wounded after they pulled a car over on the city’s South Side on Saturday. Emonte Morgan, 21, and his 22-year-old brother Eric, both convicted felons, have been charged in the brazen attack.
Yanez was shot in the eye — with a bullet lodged in his brain, according to CBS Chicago.
“We are all still in disbelief of the incident,” Yanez’s sister Nicole Yanez and sister-in-law Evelyn Gamboa wrote in a GoFundMe campaign that raised more than $154,000 of its $250,000 goal as of Wednesday morning.
“The physical harm done in addition to the psychological trauma everyone is experiencing should never have happened,” they said, adding that the officer suffered “multiple gunshot wounds to the eye, brain, and shoulder all causing potentially lifelong disability.”
The family said Yanez will require “home modifications, accommodations, and transportation needs to increase accessibility and quality of life.”
“He had so much of his face and eye socket fractured during this incident, but thankfully that has been surgically repaired. We remain hopeful for a miraculous recovery but have to prepare for what’s to come,” they wrote.
“We will always pray for the stability of the blood vessels of his brain. Most importantly, we remain with our hearts full of gratitude that he is in fact alive.”
The account described Yanez as a “loving husband to Brenda and adoring Father to his almost 3-year-old son CJ,” who was born with craniosynostosis, a birth defect in which the bones in a baby’s skull join together too early.
“He has had multiple cranial surgeries and needs ongoing therapies. During Carlos’ time of recovery so much more will be on Brenda’s shoulders financially, physically, and emotionally,” the relatives wrote.
Meanwhile, a massive crowd turned out late Tuesday for a vigil for French at the Ogden District police station in Lawndale, CBS Chicago reported.
Among those in attendance was Yanez’s father, Carlos Yanez Sr., according to the outlet.
“A simple traffic stop turned into a tragedy. Yes, us here will never forget Ella or the other officers that come before her, and my son – but the people will, because they don’t feel the pain we feel,” he told the crowd.
Yanez said his son had called him just 20 minutes before he was shot, telling him that he loved him.
“They told me, ‘Doesn’t look good,’” he said. “He’s got two shots in the head – one in the brain, one in the eye. But he’s still fighting. He’s still trying to live for his son – 3-year-old son Carlos III.”
The slain cop’s brother, Andrew French, also spoke at the vigil.
“She loved hard and she loved this city. She loved everything about it except for the nasty parts that we all know. And she made a point of becoming a police officer to try and change those things,” he said.
French’s wake will be held at St. Rita of Cascia Shrine Chapel on Wednesday, with her funeral planned for 10 a.m. Thursday.
Emonte was charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, and unlawful use of a weapon by a felon.
His brother is facing weapons and obstruction charges, prosecutors said.