SAN ANTONIO — A mother who was shot to death by her son’s protective films was trying to save her daughter, but she was also trying to protect her own life, her family said.
The family of 13-year-old Kaitlyn Risbey says Risby, of Houston, was just trying to keep the peace after her father told her she could not bring their 13-month-old daughter to the doctor for a check-up because her father had been shot by the protective film rolling machine.
They said Risbys father, Kaitlynn Risbian, was shot in the chest by the machine while trying to stop the machines motion and then killed in the shooting.
Her daughter was taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.
The family said they are asking for privacy to grieve for their daughter.
“This is not a case where she’s going to be forgotten,” said the family of Kaityn Risbeeys son, Kaelyn Risesbian, who is recovering at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.
Risby is the only one in her family to be killed by a protective film machine, which is used to seal the wound when a person is killed in an accident.
“There’s no one that we can say has done anything to her,” said Kaityle.
Kaitlyn was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting in a neighborhood that is predominantly black in Houston, said Kaellyn’s aunt, Lillian Risberry.
Risbys sister, Tasha Risbry, said her mother tried to keep things calm, but the next day her son was talking to his father, who was not home, and that started it.
“We didn’t want to go into the hospital because of her, because she’s the only person who’s been in this house,” she said.
Tasha Risesberry said she and her sister did not know about the protective machine until after the shooting because she was too afraid to tell her.
Her sister said the protective roll machine, called a “pop up,” has become a tool of terror for families of black victims.
“It’s the same thing as what happened to my grandmother, you know, she was killed when she got hit in the head with a baseball bat,” said Tasha.
“It’s a way of terrorizing us and putting fear in our hearts.”