Gerry Flores hasn’t walked on her own in over two years. She spends over 360 days per year in a 10×12 bedroom, leaving only when she has a doctor’s appointment.
There are a lot of explanations for why she can’t walk: she’s over 80, she’s overweight, she had a hip replacement and she had lymphoma. But those closest to her know it’s because her daughter, Gail Martinez, was murdered more than two years ago.
Martinez was fatally shot by her husband in a murder-suicide on April 9, 2015. In November of that year, Flores moved from her native California to Louisiana to live with her youngest daughter, Kelly Mason, who could better provide for her during her time of grief.
Flores has seven children, five of whom are still living. Through those children, she has 21 grandchildren and great grandchildren.
“I always wanted babies, so I got them,” she said, a smile spreading across her face.
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