CANTON, Miss. (WLBT) - It’s been five days since a Hispanic family in Canton was robbed and killed, but still no answers.
That triple homicide claimed the lives of 20 year-old Faustino Garcia Ramirez, his sister 19-year-old Maudillia, and her unborn child.
Maduilia’s one year old daughter was shot in the face, but survived, along with the siblings’ 15-year-old brother who hid in a closet during the shooting.
As police hunt for the killers, the community is stepping up in a major way to also help.
Canton resident Liz Reos has spent the last couple of days collecting items such as diapers, food, clothes, toys, etc., to donate to the family.
“We started collecting on a Tuesday, and everyone in the community answered very well,” said Reos. “This is a lot of important help to the family.”
On Sunday, Reos dropped the goods off to the family.
One by one family members came out and received the items with open arms and grateful spirits.
The family doesn’t speak English, but one relative expressed his thankfulness for this act of kindness through a translator.
“He says he’s that he feels very happy because there was a time when he thought no one was going to help them,” the translator said. “They felt alone and they see that people are helping them and they are not just leaving them to face this alone.”
Along with those items, the community is also digging deep in its pockets to give the family a monetary donation.
As the items began pouring in, the one-year old, Meisy, was sleeping peacefully in her father’s arms as she recovers from being shot in the face.
The family said they’re still having a hard time coming to grips with what happened on Tuesday.
“He says it’s going to be a long process and a long time that it’s going to take them to move forward and put this behind them,” the translator said.
The siblings’ teenage brother watched from the closet as his older brother and sister were killed.
Though he wasn’t physically hurt, the family says the incident is taking a toll on the teen emotionally and mentally.
“He says the 15-year-old was real sad and he sees this is effecting him tremendously, but they have hope they’ll be able to get him some help,” the translator said. “He said that when he talks to him about getting help, he (the teen) thinks that would be something good for him because he has been very sad about all of this.”
The community is now hoping the donations will help the family cope and get through this during difficult time.
There’s also a GoFundMe account set up to help the family send the bodies of the victims back to Guatamala, which is where they’re from.
Reos said she’s continuing to collect donations for the family. For more information you can contact her at 601-826-6764.
The Canton Police Department is asking anyone with information on this incident to contact them or Crimestoppers, and to remember that you can report anonymously.