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Daughter Survives After Her Family Was Shot Helping Stranded Motorist

Fri, July 31, 2015 2:09pm EDT by 3 Comments
Courtesy of Park County Sheriff's Office

So awful. Three family members were gun downed by a teenage boy after they offered to help him, because his car ran out of gas. The only one to survive the shooting was the daughter. How horrific.

Jesus Deniz Mendoza, 18, allegedly gunned down an innocent family on July 29 after they pulled over on the side of the road in Pryor, Montana, to help him. He killed the parents, Tana, 47, and Jason Shane, 51, and shot their daughter Jorah, 26, in the back.


The Shane family was shot when they stopped their car along side a road on the Crow Indian Reservation to help 18-year-old Jesus, who had run out of fuel, according to ABC News. That’s when he pulled a gun on them and ordered them out of their vehicle.

The suspect then demanded the family give him money, but they didn’t have any, according to a statement released by the FBI. The man told the family to get out of the car and to start walking. Tana protected her daughter and told her to start running.

That’s when Jorah reportedly heard a shot, started running then heard more shots. She saw bullets going past her and then she fell. She was struck in the back and on the side of the head. Sadly, at the time she didn’t know her parents had died until the next day.

The suspect told the two agents that he shot the three family members with a .22 caliber rifle and then drove away in their car. So, what was his horrible reason behind the attack? “Deniz told the interviewing agents that he shot the victims because he was getting tired of waiting around, and because the daughter had laughed at him,” the statement said. How horrible.

“He’s only 18, and he looked like an innocent boy,” Ada Shane, a relative to the family told the outlet. “Both my brother and sister-in-law have big hearts.”

Our thoughts are with Jorah and her family during this difficult time.

— Brittany King