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Survivor of deadly La Jolla drive-by shooting recovers from surgery

Posted at 7:12 PM, Jul 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-02 09:13:33-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – A young man who survived a drive-by shooting in La Jolla continues to recover from his injuries.

On June 23, a shooting outside of a house party near Cuvier and Pearl streets left 20-year-old Nina Silver dead. Silver, a 2017 Poway High School graduate, was with 19-year-old Erick Buchanan and two other young men when a car drove by and someone inside opened fire.

Buchanan, 19, remains hospitalized after getting shot in the jaw. The conditions of the two other victims are unknown.

"Erick's doing OK. He's in good spirits, you know, he has his days, where he's ready to go. He has so much love and support, so that keeps him going," said his mom, Tori Morris.

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Morris added, "It broke my heart when I walked in, and each time I go in, it's just a reminder that I could have lost him, and even though he's doing better, it's not over until he's fully recovered.”

Morris said the shooting happened as people were enjoying themselves at a huge party. She said her son was hanging around with people he played football with and grew up with in San Diego.

Buchanan was a star running back at Madison High School and was recruited to play football at Sacramento State. Most recently, he was playing and attending classes at Riverside City College.

"He's so loved, likable, so personable, caring, he's still worried about us," said Morris.

The family set up a GoFundMe account to help with medical bills. Buchanan faces a long recovery.

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"I definitely want him to get help, because this is, I can already see some of the kids, including him, are kind of suffering from PTSD," said Morris.

Morris attended a community meeting Monday evening about the shootings at the La Jolla Library.

"I just ask that you keep pushing trying to find out what happened because these are four innocent young adults, that were our future, or are our future; they didn't deserve this," said Morris.

Police have said there are no suspects in the case.