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.
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."