UPPER MAKEFIELD TOWNSHIP, Pa. (CBS) — Family, friends and neighbors pray for two young boys who police say were shot by their mother in Upper Makefield Township. They gathered for a vigil at Washington Crossing Tuesday night.
The brothers are on a ventilator.
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This is the same church where the police arrested the boys’ mother on Monday. A day later, friends of the brothers from high and elementary school came here to mourn.
“After the initial shock, we felt like we wanted to create a space for our community to grieve together,” said Pastor George Clash.
Friends and classmates of 13-year-old Jeffrey “JT” and 9-year-old Nelson Tini gathered at Washington Crossing United Methodist Church on Tuesday evening to commemorate the brothers who were allegedly shot by their mother at their Upper Makefield home Monday morning. early. morning.
“I think a lot of them are sedated. It’s just unthinkable. This is a mom they knew because they spent a lot of time with Jeffrey and were at his house or in the car with his mom and it’s just that this doesn’t happen said April Francin.
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Trinh Nguyen, 38, is behind bars on charges of attempted murder, while her two young sons remain alive while waiting to donate their organs through the Gift of Life.
“It’s a bad situation she had to deal with and we all didn’t know it was that bad. She was a nice person,” said Meg Smith.
According to court records, Nguyen was evicted from the property she rented from her ex-husband’s sister and allegedly attempted to shoot her ex-husband’s cousin.
With so many trying to cope so young, they find strength in each other.
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Nguyen is currently charged with three attempted murders. Those costs are expected to be upgraded.