Tara Williams said she was proud that the transplanted organs of her daughter, DaMya Shyann Hudnall, 13, are going to help others live.
DaMya, who recently completed seventh grade at Eisenhower Middle School in Topeka, was pulled from the resuscitation system on Tuesday after being shot on Saturday, Williams said.
“My heart is broken and my soul is crushed,” she told Topeka Capital-Journal.
Topeka Police were investigating the situation as “a possible accidental shooting,” Lt. Shane Hilton said.
Following: Two teenagers shot dead in separate incidents in Topeka. A shootout is life threatening.
Officers were called around 11:30 a.m. Saturday to the scene in the 1700 block of SE 31st, Hilton said.
DaMya was taken from this location to Stormont Vail Health.
She had been brain dead since Saturday morning, but was on a ventilator as preparations were made to allow for organ donation, which DaMya would have wanted, Williams said.
A candlelight vigil and balloon release in honor of DaMya was scheduled to take place Saturday at 6 p.m. in the parking lot next to the tennis courts at Eisenhower Middle School, 3305 SE Minnesota Ave.
“My baby was taken from me in the blink of an eye”
Williams’ cousin, Trista Jasso, set up a GoFundMe page on Sunday seeking to raise $ 7,000 to cover DaMya’s funeral expenses. This page had received pledges totaling $ 2,685 early Tuesday afternoon.
“I was DaMya’s fifth grade teacher,” wrote one of the donors, Susan Ortega. “She was the most beautiful and sweetest young woman. She is in my thoughts and prayers.”
Other fundraisers will also be held to help cover funeral costs, Williams said.
Following: A 2-year-old child injured in Topeka. This is the third shooting in the city of a child in five days.
Additionally, she called on people to be safer and more responsible with their guns.
“It’s the hardest thing we’ve ever experienced,” Williams wrote early Sunday in a Facebook post encouraging family and friends to join her at Stormont Vail.
“How am I going to live my life without you Mya?” She wrote on Facebook later today. “My baby was taken from me in the blink of an eye.”
Sunday marked the second time in less than two months that Jasso found herself setting up a GoFundMe page to raise funds to cover the funeral costs of a teenage family member who died in a shooting.
She also set up a GoFundMe page after her 16-year-old nephew, Manny Torres, was gunned down on April 15 near SE 6th and Chandler. No arrests were made in this case, which Topeka police declared a homicide.
Manny had been adopted five years earlier by Crystal Jasso, Trista Jasso’s sister.