“Ay, mijo,” he told Flores. “The things you’re thinking about.”

Edcouch-Elsa’s JJ Flores Overcomes Traumatic Incident To Star On Field
Posted on 11/02/2015
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The doctor laughed when 16-year-old JJ Flores asked whether he would be able to play the next week’s high school football game.

“Ay, mijo,” he told Flores. “The things you’re thinking about.”

A shirtless Flores had arrived Sept. 6 at Knapp Medical in Weslaco needing staples on his head and multiple stitches on his ear and lip after he was pistol-whipped during a home invasion at the family’s six-acre ranch seven miles outside of Elsa.

“I was wide awake,” said JJ, a junior receiver on Edcouch-Elsa’s varsity football team. “It wasn’t a blur. I didn’t feel anything. When we left for the hospital, I even checked my hair. I hadn’t gotten a haircut in awhile.”

JJ was asleep that Sunday night when the attack happened. He remembers his mother, Jennifer, waking him up. He started to get up, and he guessed he started to go at the intruder, who had a gun and had followed Jennifer into the bedroom.

“He hit me and I fell. He started asking for money, and I said I don’t know what he was talking about,” JJ said. “He kicked me a couple of times, and he was hitting me, and the next thing I knew I was on the floor. He told me not to look at him or he’d shoot.”

JJ’s father, Jorge, said he thinks the intruder might’ve just been in the wrong house.

“I was getting ready to watch the news, sitting on the couch, and (Jennifer) was laying down there next to me,” said Jorge, who added police are still working on the case. “Next thing I heard was the dogs start growling. I got up and looked through the peephole. But he had kicked the door down. I left to go get my gun, because I had hidden it, and by the time I’m looking for it, he’d followed my wife and did what he did.”

Jorge said the intruder told JJ to hurry up and give him the money because “they’re waiting for me outside.”
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