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Help Elina Recover After Kidnapping

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Raised by 198 people in 24 days
Created November 15, 2018
Yesterday, my 19 year old sister Elina (you may know her as IOLITE) escaped from her kidnapper after being shot point blank in Nashville TN. What started as a robbery, quickly turned into kidnapping, where Elina was a hostage in her own car as she was forced at gun point to drive to different banks. The most important thing is that she is now safe and is recovering. She was shot in her side as she wrestled the gunman at the second bank and ran away.  All things considering, she is doing well emotionally and was smiling and thanking God for her safety the same night this happened.

Elina is such a sweet soul that she would never ask for anything from anyone. I ask you to help me support her financially through this time of healing. If we come together, we can ease her recovery by taking off some of her financial burdens while she rests and gets back on her feet. Please consider giving what you can.

Elina will be sharing her story in days to come and I will consistently update this page.

Thank you all very much for your support and for your continued prayers. You can contact me on social media if you wanted to pass along a note.

Yan
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Update: Elina is safely home in Colorado and is recovering well. She wrote a blog post with her story on Medium. You can read it here: https://bit.ly/2RZrMMj

I won’t be raising the goal on this but you are welcome to continue giving if you feel led.

The suspect is still out there. Continue sharing the post and his photo so his face is recognized.

Thank you,
Yan
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From our whole family, thank you all for your incredible support! For your prayers, for the sweet messages and financial support. The police released an official statement describing the gunman who is still on the run. Please report any tips. You can see his photo here: https://fox17.com/news/local/police-nashville-babysitter-kidnapped-forced-to-withdraw-money-from-atm-shot

Please continue praying for recovery. From the bottom of my heart, thank you to the dear friends, family and strangers who have been incredibly generous. You know who you are and we appreciate you.

Also I wanted to explain what happened in more detail.

Elina was babysitting for a family yesterday. She was leaving in the early afternoon and after starting her car, a masked man jumped into the passenger seat and pointed a gun at her and told her to drive. She started driving as he took her purse, phone, wallet. He asked her to unlock her phone and asked for her email password. She couldn't remember it so he got outraged and said he will make her remember with force while he put the gun to her head. He told her to drive to the nearest bank. When they arrived, there was police there so he told her to drive to another bank. He told her if she doesn't get him $800 dollars by 4pm he will kill her as he's killed many like her before. When they arrived at the second bank, she parked far enough from the ATM so she would have to get out in order to use the ATM. As she got out, she realized she doesn't have that much money and printed a receipt for the gunned man. Anxiously, he told her to sit in the car and drive. As they drove, Elina told him she has a savings account and she has money there so he let her drive back to the bank. She stepped out, and he held her with one hand from inside the car and pointed the gun in her back with the other hand. She started running but he wouldn't let go over her. She struggled for some time and he shot a round at her point blank. She continue to fight until she broke free and ran into the bank.

The man got away and is still out there. Elina was taken to the hospital and was given medical attention. She was incredibly lucky because the bullet went through and through , leaving a flesh wound without hitting organs or bone. While she's in okay shape physically, as you can imagine she's still very shaken up and will need time to recover.
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