BRADENTON -- The loved ones of 4-year-old drive-by shooting victim Davien Martinez are hosting an Angels for Davien benefit to help with the family's household expenses.
The event will be from noon to 6 p.m. Monday at Ace's Live, 4343 Palma Sola Blvd.
Davien was shot July 27 when a stray bullet from an exchange between two vehicles struck him. At the time, he was home with his mother, Diana Lopez, and her boyfriend.
Lopez said Davien is doing better, but there is still a ways to go in his recovery.
"He's walking around playing, he's good," said Lopez. "But he still can't see out his right eye ... and he has frontal lobe brain damage."
To closely care for her son, Lopez took a leave from work.
"Because I'm not working, all those expenses, like traveling to doctors, are adding up," said Lopez. "I've been out of work for a month."
She said her friend, Sarah Jardine, wanted to assist and
enlisted a few people to put on the fundraiser. Ace's Live bar manager Cindi Montorio said she remembered seeing the horrific story on the news and wanted to help.
"We were really glad to be able to help," said Montorio, who is allowing the organizers to host the event there for free.
People who come to Monday's fundraiser can give a donation at the door or buy a raffle ticket to help the cause. There will be DJs and the raffling off of a custom Budweiser bike, plus gift cards to local restaurants and massage therapists and many other prizes.
"It should be a really fun day," said Montorio.
Lopez is touched that people want to help her and her son. She said it gives her hope in the humanity in people.
"It's overwhelming, but in a good way, that people are coming together. I think there a lot of good people still left in the world," said Lopez.
Janey Tate, city of Bradenton and Palmetto reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7041. You can follow her on Twitter at Janey_Tate