Newborn twins orphaned after parents die two weeks apart

Photo: GoFundMe
Photo: GoFundMe 

When 27-year-old Stephanie Caceres gave birth to twins on July 14, she did so consumed by grief. Her partner Jevaughn Suckoo had been slain in the family's apartment just three days earlier, the fatal shooting leaving her unborn twins and 1-year-old daughter fatherless.

The day after giving birth to the healthy babies, Jevaughn Jr and Lailah, Stephanie took to Facebook to convey her sorrow. 

"The fact that my kids have to grow up without their father is killing me. I hear people talking about how their kids are doing this & that with their dad & all I can think about is damn my kids will never get that chance."
Jevaughn Suckoo and partner Stephanie Caceres with their 1-year-old daughter Kailanie.
Jevaughn Suckoo and partner Stephanie Caceres with their 1-year-old daughter Kailanie. Photo: GoFundMe
Stephanie also expressed heartbreak that her young daughter was pining to go home, but that they couldn't return there as it's a crime scene.
"Just on Thursday at my mom's my baby kept crying saying 'let's go let's go' pointing at the door and all I could do was distract her from that thought because we no longer have a home... we can never go back into the home where her father fought for his life and was murdered and left lying in a puddle of blood."
She continued, "I just don't understand how someone can have the heart to leave 3 kids without a father especially two that never got the chance to even meet him. it ain't right they didn't deserve this! I'm trying I really am to stay strong but this has to be the toughest battle I've ever had to fight..."

In yet another tragic turn for the family, Stephanie developed an infection from her c-section and she then spent ten days in intensive care. The Florida mum sadly lost her battle on July 26, passing away just three hours after Jevaughn Sr's funeral took place. The three young children are now in the care of grandparents, who are committed to raising them.

A GoFundMe page was set up by family member Lina Niemczyk and the fundraiser has so far reached $108,000 of a $100,000 goal. The money will go towards the care and education of the young orphans.

Lisa wrote, "Our Stephanie gained her wings to Heaven sadly leaving her two twin babies behind. However, Jevaughn Jr and Lailah at least had the opportunity to bond with their mother for 4 days before she too was gone."

Friends and family are working to establish trust funds for each of the children and are receiving donations of nappies, formula and other necessities.

"We are all devastated, heartbroken and at a loss for words for all 3 of these children who will grow up never having gotten to truly know their parents... We will never understand why, we can only accept this as part of a divine plan and do what is in our power to help them."

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