Parlier girl shot in eye will receive $10,000 scholarship

A 16-year-old Parlier girl who was shot in the eye last month will receive a $10,000 scholarship from Clovis New Car Dealers Association.

The group will present the check to Brianna Ramirez on Friday morning at the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office headquarters in downtown Fresno. The money will be put aside in an account for Brianna to use for any educational needs after high school.

The Sanger High School sophomore and softball player was caught in the crossfire of suspected gang violence when she was struck in the right eye while riding in her mother’s car on Feb. 12. No suspects have yet been identified or arrested. The investigation is ongoing.

“During this trying ordeal and the senseless violation of Ms. Ramirez’s safety and enjoyment of her teenage years, Brianna has demonstrated the most noble of our shared human qualities — including peaceful serenity, understanding acceptance, kind humility and focused determination,” said Mark Schultz, vice president of the Clovis group providing the scholarship. “She has demonstrated quiet strength and kept her conviction to finish Sanger High School and pursue a career in medicine as a pediatric nurse helping the community in which she lives.”

A $9,000 reward is available for information leading to an arrest in the shooting that injured Brianna. Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office detective Hector Palma at (559) 600-8204 or Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-STOP (7867).