“He has good days and bad days,” said his father Carlos Yanez Sr.
In August, Yanez was repeatedly shot and his partner, Officer Ella French, was killed during a traffic stop that police said had failed.
His father said his son was shot four times, so each bullet was still stuck in his sick body.
“Unfortunately, the doctors cannot remove any of the bullets because they are highly sensitive areas that would cause more damage than leaving at this point,” said Yanez Sr.
An emotional Yanez Sr. said his son was able to move his right arm and had limited control over his left hand, but he remained partially paralyzed and lost an eye in the shooting.
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“They do their job to protect people, but they risk their lives and the future of their families,” his father said.
The fundraiser at 55 West Bar aims to secure this future that is now in jeopardy.
“He went from a three-income family to one overnight, and the bills don’t stop – mortgages don’t stop,” said Yanez Sr.
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Despite the gritty reason for the gathering, the dozen of people who showed up on Sunday evening took on a relatively cheering atmosphere with live music, food, drinks, and even raffle items and gifts.
“We help each other because we understand what the other, the other parent, or the other brother and sister is feeling,” said Balvina Ranney, Yanez’s cousin and event organizer.
Yanez’s father calls these events “emotionally draining”.
“It brings back memories of that day a little,” said the former officer.
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However, he also said they were necessary to help his son. Amid it all, Yanez Sr. is focused on the upcoming legal battle with his son’s alleged assailant, Emonte Morgan, who is on trial Monday.
“I will let the legal system try to be fair,” he said as his son continues to work on the difficult path that lies ahead.
Officer French, 29, was just three years in her police career when she was killed.
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The incident marked the 27th time a Chicago police officer had been shot and the 11th time a police officer had been shot.
The Yanez family was founded GoFundMe to help with his recovery.
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