Aid sought for improving 4-year-old Bradenton shooting victim

jdeleon@bradenton.comAugust 8, 2013 

MANATEE -- Two business owners are teaming to gather donations for 4-year-old drive-by shooting victim Davien Martinez and his family.

Davien was shot July 27 by a stray bullet from an exchange between two vehicles. He was home with his mother, Diana Lopez, and her boyfriend when the bullet struck his head.

He is being treated at All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg for non-life threatening injuries, which include the possible loss of sight in one eye.

Kyle Domion, owner of MobileFix in Bradenton, and Keegan Koga, owner of Trap Ink Tattoos in Sarasota, reached out to Lopez to arrange aid for her family through the difficult recovery as she is living at the Ronald McDonald House.

"Ronald McDonald is lacking a lot of supplies she told me," Koga said.

The Ronald McDonald House provides housing for parents whose children are hospitalized so they can remain close to the hospital.

Domion and Koga are asking for donations such as food, kitchen goods and cleaning supplies. For more details contact either business or visit them on Facebook.

"We are taking everything," Domion said. "I have had toys donated. I've had cash donated."

The two men plan on dropping off what they have collected so far soon, and will meet Davien.

Koga said a fundraising event is in the works but details have yet to be determined.

"I have kids. I would hate to see them go through this," Domion said. "Whatever we can do to make them more comfortable."

Davien is surprising doctors and staff at All Children's with a rapid recovery, according to his mom.

"The neurosurgeon came in yesterday and Davien sang his ABCs to him," Lopez said. "He was so surprised."

Part of Davien's skull had been removed due to the swelling of his brain. Lopez had originally been told it would be anywhere from six weeks to three months before they could replace it.

Now the surgery is scheduled for Wednesday.

"He is talking to us now," Lopez said. "I'm so ecstatic by how well he is doing."

Davien will have some hearing loss in his right ear, doctors have told Lopez. They are hopeful it will only require a hearing aid since he can't hear low pitches.

The vision in Davien's right eye continues to be a concern. The bullet passed through the eye socket and swelling has made it impossible as yet for doctors to determine if the optic nerve was damaged or torn. If it was torn, Lopez is told her son will not regain vision in the right eye, but if it is only damaged, surgery would be a possibility.

"He can see blood vessels trying to form," Lopez said. "It is still so swollen that his tear duct is practically sticking out though."

If the surgery goes well, Davien could be moved to an inpatient rehab center at Tampa General Hospital by the beginning of the following week.

"We are looking for a new place to live," Lopez said. "I don't want to bring him back to that house. I went there today and it was to be there."

The Manatee County Sheriff's Office continues to search for Horatio Papillion, a "person of interest" in the shooting.

Detectives are also trying to locate a possible witness spotted near the scene. The man was described as having short blond hair with tattoos on his right arm and right shoulder. He was wearing blue jean shorts, shirtless, but appeared to be carrying a black shirt.

Manatee County Sheriff's Office spokesman Dave Bristow said they have not had any luck locating Papillion or the potential witness.

Anyone with information about the shooting and/or Papillion's whereabouts can call Detective Darryl Davis at 941-747-3011, ext 2535, or CrimeStoppers at 866-634-TIPS.

Jessica De Leon, law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter @JDeLeon1012.

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