Family pleads to victim’s shooter: “Please turn yourself in”

Posted at 5:59 PM, Sep 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-18 18:00:30-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Family identifies Gavino Saldivar as the victim of Friday night's shooting on Temple Street. Now they want to know who shot him and why.

"He's my little brother. He always lightens up everyone's day. He's never been in any trouble," Teresa Saldivar said.

"I just broke down crying," she recalled. "I couldn't go to work. I didn't want to be around anyone but family."

Police haven't released many details but said Gavino, 18, was shot in the head and sustained life threatening injuries. The suspect ran.

"Honestly, I couldn't believe it. Nothing has ever happened to our family like this," Saldivar said.

The family is rallying around Gavino's little girl and have a plea for the person responsible for shooting the child's father: "I'm not sure who did this, but I'm not sure why you have so much hate into your heart. But if you could just please turn yourself in, it's really taking a toll on our family."

Gavino's family created a fundraiser through Facebook. As of early afternoon Tuesday, Saldivar was listed in critical condition.

Anyone with information can call Grand Rapids police or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345.