Community celebrates recovery of 4-year-old shot in head

Bradenton, Florida -- Friends and family celebrated four-year-old Davien Martinez's healthy and happy life on Labor Day afternoon in Bradenton.

Davien has been in a hospital bed in St. Petersburg for the last several weeks recovering from a gunshot wound through his head and face.

"I heard the glass break and then I heard the bullet go passed my ear and then it went into his frontal lobe in his brain, and through his eye and lodged in his jaw," said his mother Diana Lopez.

Lopez was with her son lying down for a nap when the drive-by shooting happened on July 27.

Manatee County deputies are still looking for a suspect. They have had persons of interest come forward but no one has provided a statement.

"I just want justice for my son," said Lopez. "Davien did not deserve this."

After several surgeries, Davien still can't see out of his right eye, has to wear a hearing aid, and has damage to his frontal lobe.

Lopez told 10 News his mood swings are challenging and that they are a side effect of the brain damage.

"I know every four-year-old has mood swings, but his are bad," she said. "He will say no, no, no, and will kick and scream and then two seconds later everything is ok and he wants to play."

Davien and his mother have received support from their community through donations and gifts.

On Monday, their friends threw a fundraiser at Ace's Lounge. They raffled off prizes donated by restaurants and businesses in town and local musicians donated their time to perform for Davien and his friends.

Davien has an eye appointment coming up later this week where he will find out if he will lose all his eye sight in his right eye.

If you would like to help Davien, and keep up on his progress, go to Angels for Davien Facebook page to learn more.

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