8-year-old girl recovers after being shot by a family member in Cleveland

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) — 19 News has learned that a young woman and sole survivor of a shooting that killed four people could be released from the hospital as early as this week, according to a close family friend.

It was Jan. 13 that Cleveland police detectives say Martin Muniz, 41, stopped officers by saying, “I did something bad.” Muniz, who is currently being held on $5 million bail at the Cuyahoga County Jail, is charged with killing four members of his family and critically injuring an 8-year-old girl.

Police say Muniz shot and killed all five victims in different rooms of the McCourt house where he was staying. Suspect’s father Miguel Gonzalez died at the scene, along with his sister Angelique Gonzalez and 16-year-old nephew Jayden Baez. Muniz’s brother-in-law Anthony Booth died the next day in hospital from his injuries.

8-year-old Eyana, the suspect’s niece, is the only survivor who lost her brother, both parents and grandfather that day to a domestic dispute.

Gloria Hernandez from Chicago, a close family friend, says Eyana has improved a lot and is getting stronger every day: “Eyana feels good. She has improved by a ton. Physically, she is great. She still has a long road to recovery. Psychologically, of course, but she’s doing well.”

Hernandez was best friends with mother Eyana Angelique and told 19 News that Eyana is a miracle who now has a second chance at life: “She walks a miracle. I am glad that she will see what her future will be. But I’m also very sad because it will take a toll on her if she doesn’t have the only people she knew, namely her father, her brother and her mother.”

An entire community now opened their hearts to pray for Eyana, or Princess Ye, as her mother lovingly called her. The Cleveland 2nd District Police officers even gave Eyana a visit to the Princess Cancer Hospital, which gave her one of the main reasons to smile again.

Eyana can be discharged from the hospital as early as this week.

The GoFundMe account is still accepting donations to help with outstanding funeral expenses for her family and Eyana’s hospital bills.

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