Texas family survives road rage shooting that set their car aflame


GALVESTON, Texas (CNN) — On Independence Day, the lives of a young, family of four changed forever.

Jasmin Wolford, the mother of the two burn victims said, “It’s a lot it was really a lot. It still is a lot.”

Wolford, Reginald Smith and their two sons, two-year-old Messiah and one-year-old  Bentley were on their way to a party when deputies say 18-year old Bayron Rivera shot into their car, igniting fireworks and catching it on fire.

Wolford said, “I didn’t realize it was that bad until I saw the video myself.”

The two boys were severely burned.

Wolford, said, “They haven’t even been here that long the world has already been so cruel.”

Good samaritans took the family to a nearby hospital. Where they were taken by helicopter to Shriners in Galveston.

Wolford asked, “Could you imagine having such a good day with your kids and then in a blink of an eye that changes to where you cant recognize your kids?”

The children have been recovering, although it has been hard.

Wolford explains, “Sometimes they get frustrated and it sucks because how do you explain to a kid why you can’t do this anymore.”

The family is grateful though for their doctors and is keeping a positive outlook.

Wolford said, “This is not the end it’s kind of a new beginning.”

As for Rivera, he’s been charged with four counts of aggravated assault.

The family will stay at the hospital for the foreseeable future.

There’s no telling how long they’ll stay at Shriners, but says the hospital will work with the two boys until they are adults.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family’s medical expenses.

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