Preparing for New Year’s

Fabian Gomez, 22, told police he had stopped after work to have a beer before heading home on Thursday. When he arrived at home he says he was cleaning his gun, and he had a new box of shells he had purchased to shoot off on New Year’s Day.

In the home were his 8 month pregnant girlfriend Jennifer Montejano, 25, and her three young children. Allegedly an argument developed between the couple.

Acccording to Gomez, he came out of the bedroom holding the gun and while he was gesturing the weapon discharged. The bullet struck Jennifer Montejano in the face, just beside her nose.

Montejano was taken to the hospital in a comatose condition and an emergency cesarean section was done to deliver the baby. The 5 pound 9 ounce baby girl is reported to be in stable condition.

Fabian Gomez allegedly tol police an initial story that the bullet that struck his girlfriend came through an open window in the second floor apartment. But after police found a handgun that appeared to have been recently discharged, he allegedly admitting to firing the shot and said it was an accident.

Jennifer Montejano’s other three children are now being cared for by family members.

Fabian Gomez has been charged with preliminary charges of aggravated battery, criminal recklessness, and simple battery.

Jennifer Montejano remains in critical condition.

nwitimes.com           fortwayne.com              fox28.com  

What a way for a baby to be born. Instead of adoring parents, there is concern over whether her mother will recover. And if she recovers, will she be able to care for an infant as well as her other three children? I am not seeing any indication in the articles as to whether Fabian Gomez is the father to the baby or any of the other children.        

With three young children in the apartment and an admission of handling a weapon after he had had ‘a beer’ I am truly surprised that he was not charged with child endangerment.  

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Baby is reported to be in good condition, but Jennifer Montejano continues in critical condition.

cbs2chicago.com

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An anonymous reader just reminded me that I was remiss in something. The first rule of safety, one that even I know but didn’t remember……is that you should never clean a loaded gun. Before cleaning all weapons they should be emptied and checked before you begin cleaning. And that in order to clean most weapons properly…. you do need to break them down so that they can be cleaned properly. Once emptied and broken down then they of course would be inoperable.

I have learned to shoot a weapon, but don’t have a lot of experience with them. But I remember very well being taught that no gun is empty unless it is broken down and checked to make sure there  are no bullets in it.

Thank you my anonymous reader for the timely reminder.

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Jennifer Montenjano (some articles say  Montejano) passed away from her injuries. Prosecutors are awaiting the results of the autopsy before determining whether new charges will be filed.

wqad.com     wrex.com   fortwayne.com   suntimes.com

Jennifer Montenjano never got to see the face of her youngest child. The baby will never see her mother. Altogether 4 children have lost the mother they loved.

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The new baby has been named Jennifer and is reported to be doing well. Prosecutors are now saying they are waiting for a police report before filing additional charges. Family is reported to be requesting a murder charge.

wqad.com            fortwayne.com               suntimes.com

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Thanks to AlwaysInFlyoverCountry we have an update.

Fabian Gomez has been charged with murder, aggravated battery, battery and criminal recklessness. His trial is due to begin Oct. 22.

The baby is in the custody of Jennifer’s mother.

wbbm730.com      nwitimes.com

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22 Comments

  1. lori said,

    January 3, 2007 at 12:59 am

    mom is in a coma, baby is in stable condition. thanks.

  2. lori said,

    January 3, 2007 at 1:00 am

    I am a family member. in case u r wondering.

  3. January 3, 2007 at 1:13 am

    Lori, thank you so much for letting me know. My prayers are with your mother.

  4. Russ said,

    January 3, 2007 at 10:41 pm

    Reckless endangerment? Thats ridiculous. If anyone drank, and then purposely drove along a sidewalk, or maybe through a school playground, the charges would be far more serious. Pointing a weapon, loaded or unloaded, an anyone is a similar thing. Add the alcohol and its even worse.

  5. January 3, 2007 at 11:02 pm

    Russ, I was originally said that was how it often is with domestic violence. And it is often that way. But in some states the attempted murder statute says they have to actually prove that murder was intended objective of the action, not just a forseeable potential result. Which means that unless they can find some proof that he intended the gunshot, they cannot charge him with attempted murder. I am not sure how it is in this state.

  6. VERONICA said,

    January 4, 2007 at 3:15 am

    MY PRAYERS ARE WITH HER AND HER FAMILY… I AM A FRIEND OF HER’S FROM HIGH SCHOOL

  7. January 4, 2007 at 4:13 am

    Post updated.

  8. elizabeth said,

    January 5, 2007 at 8:57 pm

    I KNEW FABIAN GOMEZ FROM MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HE ALWAYS HAD A BAD TEMPER NOBODY REALLY LIKED HIM.AND AS FOR JENNIFER MY FATHERS FRIEND, FRIEND IS JENNIFERS FATHER AND HE SAYS THAT MEDCARE INSURANCE WANT TO UNPLUG THE LIFE SUPPORT BECAUSE DOCTORS SAY THEIR IS NO HOPE.AS FOR THE BABY GIRL THE PARENTS OF FABIAN WANT TO HAVE LEGAL GUARDIANS OF HER.AND HE IS OUT OF JAIL.

  9. monica said,

    January 7, 2007 at 6:21 am

    for the record jenny is not on life support she will be home soon to take care of her own children and for now the children are in the best care and fabians parents will not be getting custody i repeat NOT be getting cusody of the baby.

  10. January 7, 2007 at 7:17 am

    Monica, thank you for the update on Jennifer’s condition.

  11. Sonia said,

    January 8, 2007 at 7:40 pm

    I would like to thank you for your prayers and support. I am her first cousin. Jennifer has died this morning apx. 2am. She does leave behind four children whom will be well taken care of by her remaining siblings and parents. I love your input and it proves my thoery more that it was intentional instead of what this man “has the courage” to say that it was an accident. We are in serious need of donations. If you or anyone you know is able to donate please contact me at soniamares2002@yahoo.com

    Again,
    Thank you and God bless you for your Prayers
    (because we still need them)
    Sonia Mares Montejano

  12. January 8, 2007 at 8:52 pm

    Sonia, I am so sorry. You do have my prayers as do the rest of your family. I know that that in no way mitigates your loss, but my heart is with you. Thank you for letting me know.

  13. Sonia said,

    January 12, 2007 at 5:32 am

    It is one day before the wake and I am scared, we are so many in our family and yet it feels like we can’t get through this. We will be burying our first in our generation and I want to close my eyes and wake up as if it was all a horrible dream. But the truth remains that she has joined God’s army.
    PLEASE, pray that we stay strong and healthy as some of my family members can not even eat because of the tragedy. We never thought it can happen to us. Hold your brothers and sisters and other family members because it can happen to you!!!! If you are mad at someone close think of us and do the right thing. Put your pride aside. Let them know you love them.
    I miss you already Jenny Poo!!! Chappy

  14. January 12, 2007 at 6:00 am

    Sonia, I have been in your shoes and mourn my brother to this day. But you will make it because you have to. There are children to care for and raise. To share your memories with and watch over. This part is the hardest- getting through the funeral, the first year it will get better then worse at times. After that it doesn’t get better, but it does get easier to bear.
    On the left are some links labeled grief support and I know some are for parents, one for children and one for adult siblings. Sometimes it does help to go through it with others who have been there before you.

  15. Sonia said,

    January 30, 2007 at 3:59 pm

    We are organizing a Benifit for Jenny!!! Please join us on Saturday. Here is a glance of the nwi times newspaper.

    Cuellar and other family friends have organized a benefit for Montejano’s four children on Saturday in Merrionette Park, Ill. The money will go into a trust for Guadalupe, 4; Scotty, 3; Hector, 1, and newborn Jennifer.

    “This is just for the kids,” Cuellar said.

    Please support the family!!!!

  16. January 30, 2007 at 4:56 pm

    Here is the link with the information about the benefit
    http://nwitimes.com/articles/2007/01/28/news/lake_county/f504d3bf74c5517a86257271001881ef.txt

  17. Alex said,

    April 25, 2007 at 3:30 pm

    Thank You

  18. Anonomous said,

    July 8, 2007 at 4:57 am

    Why would Gomez”s parents want to take custody of baby jenny when they all ready have a grandchild whom they never care to ever see. i think that is very sad!!!!!!!!!!

  19. Anonomous said,

    July 8, 2007 at 5:07 am

    I’ve heard rumors that Gomez is fleeing to Mexico to get away from criminal charges!!!!!!!!!!

  20. AlwaysInFlyoverCountry said,

    October 2, 2007 at 1:02 am

    http://tinyurl.com/26ryfe

    In a nutshell, Gomez is being charged with murder for shooting Miss Jennifer.

    ‘Bout time.

    Al

    Al ias Always In Flyover Country

  21. October 2, 2007 at 3:18 am

    Thanks for the update AIFC, I had wondered about this one.

  22. anonymous said,

    September 8, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    HE WAS CONVICTED OF VOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER AND RECEIVED A 40 YEAR SENTENCE. CHECK OUT NWITIMES.COM FOR THE STORY


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