A program aimed at helping and healing – Orange County Register
Shortly before sunrise, in the small, dimly lit chapel of a central Orange County hospital, the parents sat numb and motionless – hands clasped, staring down at the floor.
At the other end of a long night in August, their 22-year-old son had been working quietly in his room at the family’s apartment, studying for a class that could help him get a job in the construction trades.
After he’d stepped outside to walk to his girlfriend’s house, they heard gunshots. Neighbors were quickly at the door; their son had been shot several times on the sidewalk.
His mother hurried to the crime scene. She returned home to break the news to her husband and they rushed to the hospital, but they were too late: Their son was dead.
Maria Sura visits the grave of her son, Edgar Omar Sura, who gunned down by gang members in 2012 when he was 20. Police say Sura was not in a gang. More than five years later, Maria says she would not wish her pain on anyone. She visits the Santa Ana cemetery almost daily where she sits and cries.(Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Edgar Omar Sura. (Photo Courtesy Sura family)
Edgar Omar Sura’s gravestone says in part, “I just wish I could turn back time to enjoy every second once again to see your smile one more time…” His heart-broken parents regularly visit his grave in Santa Ana. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Edgar Omar Sura’s parents, Maria and Francisco, visit his grave in Santa Ana regularly. The 20-year-old was gunned down by gang members in 2012 but police say he wasn’t affiliated with a gang. The family received help from Gang Victim Services Ð a federally-funded assistance program.(Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Neighborhood children look over a makeshift memorial in Santa Ana where a man was gunned down by alleged gang members recently. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Maria and Francisco Sura think of their son daily and have a decal in the…