Girl Shot in Mother's Womb During LA Riots Lives to Tell Her Story

Elivra Evers’ then-unborn baby instantly became the LA Riots’ youngest victim.

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Elvira Evers, almost 8 months pregnant during the LA Riots, carried the riots’ youngest victim: her unborn baby.
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Elvira Evers was on the sidewalk of Long Beach Boulevard, her eyes looking up the street, waiting for her oldest son to come home. Her 5-year-old daughter ran to be at her side as the noise became louder. “And I told her, Nela, go in the house, and I pushed her.”
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After pushing her daughter into their home, Elvira Evers “felt like something is burning.” She had been shot through the stomach.
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Elvira Evers woke up a week later: “And I was just like, oh my God, my baby.” She was alone and thought her baby had died. But Jessica survived, only grazed by the bullet.
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“I get sad. Because 20 years ago, I was supposed to be dead. So I have to give God thanks,” said Jessica Evers, who is now a student at Southwest College studying to be a probations officer.
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Jessica was born with a bullet in her body, and now sports a tiny scar on her elbow. She said she knows she’s not the only victim in the chaos, which killed 53 people. “I’m innocent but then again there’s others who were innocent and got hurt, too.”
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