Three Michigan State University students were killed in a Monday night campus shooting that critically wounded five others. One of those five people in the hospital is a young woman from Immokalee: Guadalupe Huapilla-Perez.
Huapilla-Perez is a hospitality business junior at MSU and a student in the Michigan State University College Assistance Migrant Program.
Lupe, as she’s known to family and friends, has a bright smile. Huapilla-Perez’s older sister Selena said her family traveled to Michigan to be with Guadalupe, and she is a long way from returning to them as she was. Selena added that doctors say the process for a full recovery will take months of care and rehabilitation.
Huapilla-Perez got caught in the chaos of the mass shooting on Monday night. Huapilla-Perez is in the hospital with her family by her side, not willing to break away for a moment.
However, a statement on Huapilla-Perez’s GoFundMe page was released, giving an update on how she is doing.
Doctors said, “Even in improving conditions, the process for a full recovery will take months of care and subsequent rehabilitation. Our family is incredibly moved by the love, and support others are pouring into us… And we hold Guadalupe and all other victims in our hearts.”
Immokalee High School principal, Clara Calderon, said she was able to speak with Huapilla-Perez’s sister, who mentioned she’s already undergone several operations and has a long way to go.
Selena Huapilla-Perez also says Guadalupe is a leader in the community and is incredibly hard-working, focused and ambitious, always standing up for their community and speaking out for marginalized voices.