My son is a calm, hardworking boy, " Justina Garcia told local media in the Dominican Republic, where Ortiz was badly wounded Sunday, allegedly with the help of her 25-year-old son, Eddy Feliz Garcia. "Lastly, I want to thank everyone for the outpouring of support and love that we have received during this incredibly hard time".
The second suspect was arrested Tuesday evening.
Ortiz, after surgery in the Dominican Republic, was whisked by an air ambulance to Boston's world-renowned Massachusetts General Hospital on Monday night. The Red Sox arranged to fly him to Boston following an initial surgery in the Dominican Republic to fix damage to his organs.
Ortiz now is recovering from his injuries at Mass General in Boston. The Red Sox organization is behind him, and so are many celebrities and dignitaries responding with their support and prayers.
Doctors removed his gallbladder and part of his colon and intestines, and Ortiz also sustained liver damage.
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Authorities in the Dominican Republic were still searching for one of the suspects, as well as a motive, behind the shooting. David is being treated at Clinica Abel Gonzalez in Santo Domingo where he is recovering after surgery. He tried to escape but fell off, after which he was beaten viscously by the crowd in the club where the shooting took place, after which he was taken into custody. Ortiz is recovering at Boston's Massachusetts General Hospital. He suffered a cranium contusion and trauma to his thorax, left knee and right leg, according to the Dominican Republic's National Health Service (h/t ESPN).
"I'm so disappointed to know that someone like David, who has saved so many lives, can have someone after his life", Martinez said, before being overcome with emotion.
Ortiz began his career by playing six seasons for the Minnesota Twins (1997-2002), but his career took off after he joined the Red Sox.
Ortiz made 10 All-Star teams and won three World Series with the Red Sox before retiring in 2016. He maintains a home in Weston, on the outskirts of Boston.