After violence, family adjusts to harsh new reality
August 10, 2015
After a childhood spent in foster care, becoming a teenage mother and living in an abandoned house in Camden, Parker had the stability she'd always missed. Her oldest, Yesenia, was a typical 11-year-old; she doted on her younger sisters.
"She was this loving, bubbly child," her mother said. All that was shattered on Jan. 24, 2013, when Yesenia's father, Byaer Johnson, a man she'd barely known but wanted to be a part of her life, shot the girl in the face at close range. Johnson turned the gun next on Yesenia's stepfather, but it failed to fire so he disarmed Johnson, who fled.