Stephanie took to Facebook to post about the loss of her boyfriend the day after giving birth.
“I just don’t understand how someone can have the heart to leave three kids without a father especially two that never got the chance to even meet him,” she posted. “They didn’t deserve this! I’m trying I really am to stay strong but this has to be the toughest battle I’ve ever had to fight.”
2 days after the child birth, Stephanie suffered complications from an infection that resulted from her C-section and was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit. After 10 long, hard days of fighting for her life, Stephanie succumbed to the infection and lost the fight on July 26th, the same day as Suckoo’s funeral. Tragedy struck a young and beautiful family twice within weeks.
The couple already had a 21 month old daughter, Kailanie Suckoo.
Suddenly the newborn twins and 21-month old Kailanie are without parents.
“Just complete shock, completely devastated,” said Joni Saunders, aunt of 26-year old , the man who was killed.
Saunders was joined on Thursday, by Irma Meza, mother of 24-year old Stephanie Caceres, the woman who died.
Saunders and Meza spoke at the doctor’s office in Lake Clarke Shores, where Caceres worked.
The women said they were dealing with the sudden deaths of their loved ones, and the challenge now of caring for the couple’s three small children.
“I think right now we’re just very focused on the children, making sure that they’re okay,” said Saunders.
Saunders said the toddler adored her father.
“He walks into the room, and nobody else existed for her,” said Saunders. “Same thing with Stephanie. She was such a dedicated mom.”
Meza explained she’s diabetic, and said Stephanie always told her she would take care of her. Meza said she never she imagined Stephanie not being around, and Meza would be the one providing care for the children.
At the doctor’s office, diapers, formula and other items collected for the children, took up a large portion of a medical supply room.
A GoFundMe account was created for the children and over $98k have been raised for them. Plus, several people donated lots of baby food, diapers, clothers etc for the children and their upkeep.
Saunders and Meza said they are overwhelmed by the outpouring from the community.
Police have yet to make any arrests in the shooting death of their father.
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