Drive-By Shooting Victim Donates Organs

By: Rick Montanez Email
By: Rick Montanez Email

A Pueblo teen killed Wednesday in a drive-by shooting is now giving life to several people across the country.

11 News spoke exclusively with the family of 19-year-old Michael Vigil, they are hoping his death can lead to something positive.

Friends continue to burn prayer candles at the corner where Michael Vigil was shot. The 19-year-old was a known gang member.

"In order to keep his memory they've decided to donate his organs," said Dorothy Bueno, Vigil’s great aunt.

Vigil's family knows of two women who have received his organs.

"We were told that a 16-year-old girl was going to receive his heart and a 30-year-old woman will receive his lungs," said Bueno.

Police say five or six gunshots were fired at a couple from a white four-door car, possibly a Toyota, near the intersection of 8th and Kingston. One shot hit Vigil in the head. He was on life support until late Thursday.

If you have any information related to the shooting death of Michael Vigil you’re asked to call Pueblo Crime Stoppers at 542-STOP.


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  • by christina Location: cs on Aug 16, 2009 at 10:00 PM
    Its very unfortunate that this young man had to pass this way. Very ugly of someone to take another persons life. I really hope that these people get caught and justice will be served. As for donating his organs is something very beautiful to help save lives. Very brave of the family to do such thing.
  • by Mary Location: Pueblo on Aug 16, 2009 at 12:37 PM
    So young So sad, but he will live on in all the lucky people his organs helped save.
  • by Steven Location: Colo Spgs on Aug 15, 2009 at 05:30 PM
    I am happy that his organs will be useful to other people and bring some goodness in this situation. I hope and pray that the people who are responsible for this will be brought to justice and the family will put this behind them.
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