A two year-old girl and her new-born siblings have been orphaned after their mother died on the same day as their father’s funeral. Relatives of the youngsters from Florida are scrambling to respond to the flurry of events that have suddenly left with them parentless.
Reports said 26-year-old Jevaughn Suckoo was found shot and dead earlier this month in an apartment in West Palm Beach where he lived with his two-year-old daughter and his girlfriend, Stephanie Caceres, who was pregnant.
Three days after he was fatally shot, Ms Caceres give birth to twins Jevaughn Jr and Lailah. But the Palm Beach Postsaid that Ms Caceres died last week as a result of an infection after she underwent a C-section.
The day she passed away, was the same that relatives of Mr Suckoo held his funeral service.
This week, friends and relatives gathered outside the hospital where Ms Caceres had worked for four years to speak about the two people who had been lost and how they were now trying to determine what to do for the youngsters.
“We’re just trying to figure out how to move forward from here,” Mr Suckoo’s aunt, Joni Saunders, told the newspaper. Office Manager Lina Niemczyk said they were seeking to come together to make sure the children, including two-year-old Kailanie, were cared for.
“Our goal is to secure their future,” Ms Niemczyk said. “It’s a promise to their mom and dad.”
A day after Ms Caceres gave birth to the twins, she wrote on Facebook to talk about what had happened.
“I just don’t understand how someone can have the heart to leave three kids without a father especially two that never got the chance to even meet him,” she said.
“They didn’t deserve this! I’m trying I really am to stay strong but this has to be the toughest battle I’ve ever had to fight.”
A GoFundMe page has been established to help the youngsters.
“We are all devastated, heartbroken and at a loss for words for all 3 of these children who will grow up never having gotten to truly know their parents,” says a posting on the page.
“In an effort to provide health, education, maintenance and support to these three little ones, a GoFundMe account has been established in the children’s name.
Thankfully Stephanie and Jevaughn were raised by a beautiful family that have accepted the challenge set forth by God. The grandparents are going to start over, now raising their grandchildren.”