KENOSHA, Wis. — The Juga family broke their silence following the murder of their daughter, Kaylie Juga, 16, and the shooting of her mom, Stephanie Juga.
They posted a message saying, “Stephanie is in stable condition. Recovery is expected to be a long road with additional surgeries required but the outlook is positive.”
This update comes as friends of Kaylie gathered in Kennedy Park to remember the teen and pray for her mom’s recovery.
There were hugs and tears as more than 100 friends of Kaylie Juga came together to remember the 16-year-old with a big heart.
“She was such a loving person,” said her friend Vanessa Eddleston who helped lead the vigil. “She loves to cheer, she loved her friends. She was just a bubbly person. She made everything a great time.”
Thursday afternoon, Kenosha Police said Kaylie’s ex-boyfriend, Martice Fuller, 15, shot and killed her. He then turned the gun on her mom, Stephanie, before running off. He was later arrested in Racine and is awaiting charges.
The Juga family’s statement also went on to say they appreciate all the condolences and prayers, but they are asking for privacy right now as they try to deal with what happened.
“Please continue to give us some time, space and privacy as we struggle to work through all that has occurred in the past 24 hours. We love you all for keeping us in your hearts, we just need time now,” said the Juga family statement.
Kaylie’s friends are sending their prayers to the family, as they try to make sense of what happened.
“I can’t, I can’t wrap my head around what happened to her,” said Eddleston.
Outside the Juga home and in their subdivision, neighbors put pink ribbons around the trees.
“As they drive through the neighborhood in the next couple of weeks, i just hope they get a little sense of warmth in their knowing we are thinking of them,” said neighbor Kate Colbert.