Friends and family members are holding a prayer vigil Wednesday night for a young woman who fell into a coma after falling off a South Florida bridge during a run.
Police said 22-year-old Cristina Gomez was found lying in a pool of blood by two people under a bridge at the 15000 block of Southwest 104th Street Monday night. Gomez, a senior at Florida International University, was treated on scene and transported to Kendall Regional Trauma Center for her injuries.
"Thank you for your prayers because we need them," aunt Ana Obregon-Marquez posted on Facebook. "My niece is a kind hearted young lady with a big heart, and the most amazing smile. She is my first niece and beloved by all of us who know her. I will keep you posted on her progress."
Several others have sent prayers and supportive statements on Facebook, including FIU fraternity Lambda Chi Alpha.
"The gentlemen of Lambda Chi Alpha wish Cristina Gomez who is sister of Alpha Xi Delta, a close friend to our brothers, and a Big Sister to one of our own; a full recovery," reads the Facebook post.
"She has been a role model to many and an exceptional woman to the FIU Community. We have faith and hope that you will recover and most importantly Lambda Chi and all of FIU give the love that will get you through this."
The vigil will be held at 7 p.m. on the bridge under which Gomez was found.