Benefit dinner planned for family of Elkhart woman shot during home invasion

A benefit dinner Nov. 3 will raise money for an Elkhart woman who is unable to work after she was shot during a home invasion earlier this month.

Posted on Oct. 24, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on Oct. 24, 2013 at 6:15 p.m.

ELKHART — Friends of an Elkhart woman shot during a home invasion will hold a benefit dinner to raise money for her family while she is unable to work.

Leticia Beltran was shot through both feet during a home invasion on Oct. 9. She is awaiting a second surgery to fix the damage caused by the bullet and may not be able to walk for another two months.

Friends of the family have organized a spaghetti dinner fundraiser to be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 3300 Benham Ave.

The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children 10 and younger. Carry-out is available for those who cannot stay for the entire event, Beltran said.

There will also be a raffle for gift certificates to local restaurants and businesses.

Before the home invasion, Beltran was working at Animal Aid Clinic South on Mishawaka Road. Her husband’s manufacturing job is now the family’s only income.

Beltran said her recovery has been difficult but she has a support system to help her.

“I’m getting better,” she said. “It’s been hard on me but I’m working through it and I’ve got lots of friends helping me out.”

She said her husband has fully recovered from his physical injuries but the family is still struggling with the emotional wounds left by the incident.

“My security level is not the same as it was before,” Beltran said. “It’s hard because I’m scared knowing those people are probably still out there.”

Her daughter was also shaken up by the home invasion and started seeing a therapist earlier this week.

Beltran said police advised her not to talk in detail about the incident because the investigation is ongoing.

Police and emergency medical personnel were called to Beltran’s home in the 500 block of West Herrold Avenue around 8:40 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7. They found Beltran suffering from a gunshot wound to both feet and her husband suffering from a head injury. Both were taken to Elkhart General Hospital for treatment.

The couple’s 4-year-old daughter was also in the home but was uninjured.

Elkhart police said several people had entered the residence but did not release an exact number or any description of the suspects.

Anyone with information in the case is asked to call Detective Scott Hauser at 574-389-4719.

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