Your daily dose of Austin
Smartphone image
Make your inbox more Austin.
Local news and fun, every day 6am.
Mother of five left paralyzed after 6th Street mass shooting

34-year-old Jessica Ramirez is expected to live but will be paralyzed from the waist down, her family puts on a GoFundMe page. (Bilma Ramirez/GoFundMe)

Jessica Ramirez was celebrating her 34th birthday on Sixth Street when the mass shooting broke out and caught her in the crossfire. Her family says she will be permanently paralyzed from the waist down.

The mother of five turned 34 in a hospital bed on Sunday. Ramirez's family has organized a GoFundMe to help her pay for her medical expenses as she does not have health insurance, they say. Ramirez underwent a five-hour back surgery after a bullet hit her right lung and spine, her family says.

A total of 14 people were shot in the early morning hours on Saturday, including 25-year-old New York tourist Douglas John Kantor, who died in the hospital after 30 hours fighting for his life. The status of the other victims is unknown but Ramirez and Kantor were the only known individuals to be in critical condition after the incident.

Two suspects are in custody in connection with the shooting: 17-year-old Jeremiah Roshaun Leland James Tabb and a 16-year-old male who has not been identified.

The investigation is still ongoing and police are asking anyone with information come forward by calling 911 or the police tip line at 512-472-TIPS.


The high school valedictorian who took aim at Texas legislators in her speech is still fighting for women’s rights as a UT student

(Paxton Smith/Instagram)

Paxton Smith’s 2021 valedictory speech at Lake Highlands High School in Dallas wasn’t the same speech she had previously shared with school administrators. She dropped the approved speech and made a case for women’s reproductive rights after lawmakers passed the Texas "Heartbeat Bill.”

Keep ReadingShow less
Austin City Council sets meeting to talk abortion decriminalization after Roe v. Wade struck down

(Council Member Chito Vela/Twitter)

The U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the landmark ruling that guaranteed a constitutional right to an abortion, Friday morning. Moments later, Austin City Council set a special meeting for next month to pass a resolution aimed at decriminalizing abortion.

Keep ReadingShow less