A couple in Brazil had their wedding disrupted when a gunman fired shots at some guests but they continued with the wedding regardless and they have finally opened up about why they chose to do so.
In January, young Brazilian couple Jailton Barbosa (25) and his bride Christina (18) were about to start their wedding ceremony when a lone gunman opened fire on three guests there. NAIJ.com was surprised to know the couple continued with the wedding after the gunman left and recently, they spoke about why they did not cancel their plans.
The gunman was Humberto Ferreira Santos (52) and he fired shots at people he believed to have killed his loved ones while ago. Watch the video below:
Jailton said: "In just a few terrible minutes, our lives were turned upside down by a madman who tried to murder our relatives in front of us. When the gunman opened fire, it was one of the most frightening and chaotic moments in our lives."
"I ran and cradled my uncle in my arms. He had been shot several times and I kept talking to him and trying to comfort him. I helped him out of the church into a car and he was rushed to hospital. I did the same for my cousin and his wife who had been grazed on her arm by a bullet."
When the couple realized those wounded were in stable condition at the hospital, they decided to go ahead and complete their ceremony.
Jailton continued: "Our thoughts were with our relatives. But when we heard the injuries were not life-threatening we felt we should go ahead. We had planned our wedding day for over a year and we were so excited about it. To cancel everything would have been like allowing evil to get the better of us. We were innocent in all of this and just wanted to get on with our lives."
Christina said: "We are deeply disappointed we only have so few good memories and we find it hard to talk about our wedding day because it was so distressing. In the pictures, we are smiling but our hearts were aching."
"At the time we didn't know why he did it and we couldn't be sure he wasn't coming back. But I said to Jailton let's get married because someone like that has no right to destroy our dreams. What we are determined to do now is to make sure this horrific incident doesn't define our marriage."
Christina continued: "The hall was practically empty and so much food was wasted. I cried a bit from disappointment and frustration. But then I forced myself to smile and to try to enjoy what we had because I knew I was marrying the man I have loved for a long time."
The gunman is still in police custody in Mexico and the couple are focusing on moving past the unfortunate incident.
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