Woman dies from accidental shot by neighbor, husband says family forgives shooter


A 38-year-old Lancaster City woman struck by a bullet that went through a wall in her home has died.

Nelmarys Rivera-Alequin was shot April 15 in the 200 block of East Liberty Street.

“Anybody that knows my wife, she’s an angel,” said Jose Arroyo, Rivera-Alequin’s husband.

Arroyo said he was lying in bed next to his wife of 18 years when a bullet came through the wall of their home.  

The bullet hit Nelmarys in the head.

“I said it like three times, ‘what was that”,” Arroyo said. “She wasn’t responding to me.”

The family’s son Zion, a senior at McCaskey High School, also saw his mother shot.

“I couldn’t sleep because I kept seeing the vision of my mom with her wound on her head and her reaching out to me,” Zion said.

Arroyo said his wife had been on life support in the hospital since the shooting.

On Monday, a day after the family took Nelmarys off the life-saving machines, she died.

Police say Allante Floyd accidentally fried the shot. Investigators said the 25-year-old neighbor was preparing to clean his gun when it fired.

Floyd is charged with reckless endangerment, discharging a firearm into an occupied structure, simple assault, and possession of a small amount of marijuana. He is in Lancaster County Prison on $750,000 bail.

Arroyo said Floyd was one of the first people to call 911 when his wife was shot.

“He kept asking ‘is she alright?’,” Arroyo said. “He said ‘I’m sorry I don’t know what happened’.”

Arroyo said the family hopes to make peace with Floyd.

“Wishing him bad, like wishing him death, isn’t going to bring my wife back,” Arroyo, said. “I saw him and in his eyes, he was sorry.”

The district attorney’s office said it is looking into additional charges for Floyd.

There are two GoFundMe accounts to help the family of Nelmarys with both medical and funeral costs.

You can find links to them here and here.

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