School rallying behind Sanger softball player hit by a bullet

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- An entire school is rallying behind a beloved Sanger softball player hit by a bullet in a drive-by shooting. 16-year-old Brianna Ramirez was shot in the face just blocks from her home.

Everyone who plays for the Sanger Apaches is passionate about softball but most agree, Brianna Ramirez could never get enough of the game.

"She steps on the field and it looks like she's mad the whole time but she is so intense. She is taking a light practice like it's the World Series National Championships," said teammate, Alexandria Lovett.

Lovett traveled with Ramirez to different tournaments. She's heartbroken her teammate now has to have round the clock care after deputies say she was caught in the crossfire.

"I was crushed. I was so upset I was crying for days," said Lovett.

Ramirez's big brother spend every day by his sister's bedside.

"It's good to see her progress but it's hard to see her in this condition," said Lupe Ramirez.

Medical bills keep piling up but sales from bracelets are helping cover costs.

"Any help is very appreciated so my family and I are very thankful," said Ramirez.

Softball coach Erica Pennington is selling the plastic bracelet for $2. She sold 3,000 in just one day and credits the student body at Sanger High for standing behind Brianna.

Pennington said, "The sports community just comes together and it's overwhelming."

Pennington's goal is to keep Ramirez in the public eye until deputes make an arrest.

"I turn on the news every night because I am hoping the breaking news is we have the people who did it, caught," said Pennington.

There is a reward being offered to anyone who has information which helps lead to an arrest.

Anyone who would like to help the family can make donation to:

Bank of the West
Brianna Ramirez Fund
Account: 036732669

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