Road rage victim's family speaks out
Jacques Gonzales faces long recovery
About five weeks ago, police said Adolph Ramos Suarez shot 41-year-old Jacques Gonzales three times after Gonzales told Ramos to slow down while driving past his house.
Ramos is in jail and Gonzales survived the attack, but his road to recovery will be a long one.
"It's rough, and he is suffering a lot," said Dottie Dugosh, Gonzales' sister. "But I can tell he's fighting."
Dugosh said the five weeks after the apparent road rage incident have been the worst of her life. Her brother has endured countless surgeries, each with his life in the balance.
"Me and my mom rotate shifts, 12 to 14 hour shifts," Dugosh said.
The shooting left Gonzales with severe brain injuries.
"We've got a long road," said Dugosh. "The doctors say we're looking at one of two years."
Even then, Gonzales might never fully recover.
In the meantime, his community has rallied around him, calling everyday to offer support.
"That helps tremendously," said Pete Gonzales, the victim's brother. "I think it's one of the things that keeps Jacques going. He's a fighter and he's got a lot of reasons to live."
A charity golf tournament is being held Saturday in Gonzales' honor at Woodlake Country Club at 6500 Woodlake Parkway. Cost is $100 per person or $375 for a foursome.
Tee times are available at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Prizes include a 2012 Jetta SE for a hole-in-one. A silent auction will also be held, with 75 percent of the proceeds going to help fund Jacques Gonzales' medical bills.
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