A Loomis Fargo armored truck driver is spending Christmas with his family, as he recovers from a shooting. But on this Christmas Eve, his father has a special message about faith.
Marcos Rivera senior says, this Christmas Eve is extra special because his son, Marcos Rivera Jr. is with him, after a terrible shooting back in October. "By his grace I have my son here today and we're together in the house with all my family. It's just Christmas takes a whole different meaning when you know what my family's been through and now that my son is with us, it's amazing, it's a great gift."
34 year old Marcos Jr who was a Loomis Fargo truck driver, was shot in the head in the entrance of Publix in Altamonte Springs, as he transported money to his armored truck.
While Marcos Jr posed for a picture, he asked not to be interviewed because it causes flashbacks from the shooting. "Every time he sees the news or they talk about it, he tends to get a little bit upset and he goes back to what happened."
Marcos Sr says his son is recovering well physically, but he needs to get more surgery done on his jaw, where he was hit. He says his son also has mood swings. "He'll heal, just as his wounds heal, the internal wounds will also heal in the near future." But despite the shooting, Marcos Sr says faith carried him and his family through a very difficult time.
And on this Christmas Eve, he encourages others with challenges in life to do the same. "Sometimes it may seem things are going bad but at the end everything will turn out well when you believe."