Visiting 10-year old Christina (center) at the hospital were Pioneer softball players Mandy Dale, Kelsey Cairns, Vika Kafoa and Andrea Scott. Coach Barbara Pierce is at the far right. (Photo: Hayward PD)
Pioneer women's softball players visit, cheer up young shooting victim
- September 26, 2013 9:00am
Kudos to members of the Cal State East Bay women's softball team for brightening the day on Tuesday morning (Sept. 24) for a child who had been shot as she slept in her bed inside her family's Hayward home on Sept. 19. They visited her at her hospital room in Oakland. She is reportdly recovering as she is able to eat and now walk on her own, according to Hayward Police Sgt. Mark Ormsby.
"The 10-year-old victim is recovering well and is now able to eat and walk on her own," police Sgt. Mark Ormsby said of the girl shot Sept. 19 after bullets sprayed her family's home in the 27800 block of Tampa Avenue during a drive-by shooting.
Members of the Hayward Police Department and Cal State University East Bay Police Department, along with the four Pioneer women's softball team members were said to be lifting her spirits and and encouraging her speedy recovery. It was through the Hayward PD that CSUEB University Police Chief Sheryl Boykins learned that the young girl is an avid softball fan.
No one else in the home -- her parents, her two sisters, ages 15 and 23, and an 8-month-old brother -- were injured.
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