Five innocent students were shot by the racist madman Dannie Baker on February 26. Today, nine days later, the bodies of the two dead, Nicolas Pablo Corp-Torres, 23, and Racine Balbontin-Aragondona, 22, will arrive home in Chile. Meanwhile, the three survivors are beginning to recover from their wounds.
According to Sacred Heart Hospital, Sebastian Arizaga is in good condition after being struck in his hand and shoulder during the shooting. "Everything is going well. The surgeons saved my hand and I'm getting better. I am with my mother and my aunt, and I have good emotional support. I am very sad about what has happened, and I know I will need ongoing emotional support from professionals and my family. My recovery will be a long process, but I am in good hands."
Francisco Cofre is in serious condition at Sacred Heart Hospital, but continues to make progress, the hospital said. His father, Mario Cofre, told a hospital spokesperson, "Francisco is improving rapidly. He is sedated, but he knows what is being said to him and he nods his head to show he understands." Francisco Cofre cannot speak because he has a breathing tube that is necessary because of swelling that occurred after a bullet struck the right edge of his face and passed through his neck. After the swelling goes down, doctors will better be able to evaluate whether or not he will need more surgery. "I am grateful for all of the prayers and well wishes that we continue to receive," Mario Cofre said. "The family is grateful to everyone at the hospital - the doctors, the nurses and hospital administration - for all they've done for Francisco and our family."David Alonzo Bilbao Meza is in good condition. His brother told media outlets last week that he felt David could be in the hospital at least another week.
Cards and notes can be sent to hospital patients at Sacred Heart Hospital, 5151 North Ninth Avenue, Pensacola, FL 32504.
Dannie Baker remains in the Walton County Jail awaiting his plea date set for April 21. His attorney, Buddy Gissendanner, said he plans to enter a written not-guilty plea at that time.