Rony Monzon is being called a hero by the city of Chicago after taking a hail of bullets in order to save one of his friends from gunfire. The 13-year old boy was on the front porch with Daneysi Valdovinos when they were caught in the middle of gunfire between two rival gang members. This led to a barrage of bullets being shot in the air, and the boy being hit several times.
Monzon took bullets in the arm, chest, hip and hands. The incident took place on the West Side of Chicago.
“Once I got in the house, I checked myself and I saw blood…and I was very scared,” said Monzon. “I was like – I’m gonna die.”
Daneysi Valdovinos, who is a girl, was sitting with Monzon when the gunfire began. They were both rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital’s intensive care unit.
“I’m very, very lucky,” said Monzon.”I’m like the Terminator.”
Valdovinos thanked her hero, stating clearly that he saved her life and she is appreciative.
The incident happened in the Brighten Park area of Chicago, one of the many areas being plagued by senseless gun violence. The city of Chicago has been gaining national attention for the numbers of youth being killed in the city.
“I forgive this person for what he has done to my son,” said Diana Monzon, Rony’s mother. “I think he didn’t mean to do that to him.”