FMVSA is a Non-Profit Corporate organization based out of San Antonio. FMVSA was created 6 months after it's founders loss their Son, Brother, & Father to a senseless act of violence. All proceeds, fees and donations are recycled into the organization and used for operating cost, Helping Hand-books, events, & projects.
Let me take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Felisha Gonzales and I am Pete's youngest sister. I first got the idea for FMVSA after the murder of my brother. By helping families who have and are going through such tragedy I have been able to heal and cope with my loss.
March 16, 2015 is a day that would change the course of our lives forever. My father one month prior had just been discharge from the hospital with the news that his congestive heart failure is affecting his health, he is a very sick man and my family expects we may not have much longer with him.
Our phones are on & every night we are terrified of receiving the phone call that our father, Pete's father has passed. 2am, I see my phone ringing, at this hour I know something is wrong and I am expecting it to be my mother with the news that my father has passed. Instead I hear my older sister on the line, Pete's been shot. In a sleepy stupor I can only ask, "what"? My sister repeats the words, "Pete's been shot'. She irately tells me that he is on his way to SAMC & that we have less than an hour. The next few hours are a blur. My brother was gone by the time I reached the hospital and I had but minutes to tell him goodbye before they needed to take him down to the morgue.
My brother was shot twice by a coward with a gun, he fell unconscious moments later and never regained.
9am 3/16 - My mom, sister, niece and brother in law sit in the ER waiting room really not knowing what to do next. We are exhausted, mentally blank, shocked, torn, & confused. What next? We stumble out the ER doors around 10am the next few days leading up to the funeral are confusing, difficult & just plain mind breaking. No one expects to lose someone at such a young age, especially to murder.
We have 2 missions & goals for FMVSA, they are the following.
Mission #1 - Help to the Community
Throughout the year FMVSA will be hosting different events and projects that will benefit the community and different causes. The months after losing my brother I pondered life and never had the phrase, "One day you're here & the next day you're gone" meant so much. How do I want to be remembered? Just as my brother is to be remembered, as a giver, this I will make sure of. Be sure to stay up to date with all the events & projects throughout the year, and don't forget to get involved.
Mission #2 - Help after a loss
We understand that the hours and days after a tragic loss can be some of the most confusing moments in our lives. After such a blow no one wants to call information, Google or flip through the phonebook. Our minds cannot think logically when we are distraught, under extreme stress & emotion, Figuring out what to do next & who to call are essential after a loss but understandably not the first things on our minds. FMVSA will be here to offer advice, guidance, support & tips on resources. You can call, email, or text a member of our team and we will do our best to answer any and all questions. We will be providing, Helping-Hand-books which will be complete with pamphlets & flyers to any and all resources we feel can help ease the next few days, weeks, months and years.