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In Albuquerque, New Mexico, Jennifer Wertz worked for her local Circle K gas station. She was working alone when 23-year-old armed Ferron Mendez entered the store with the intent to rob it. According to Jennifer, Ferron pointed his gun at Jennifer and demanded money. This action led Jennifer to take out her own gun and shoot him in the chest.

‘Robberies have been going on like this for the past few weeks’

Jennifer said that she kept the gun on hand because she never felt safe working alone. She said that her employer had done very little to ensure her safety. “Robberies have been going on like this for the past few weeks,” Wertz commented. “They have done nothing to protect me. And I felt the need to protect myself.”

Jennifer was fired due to Since Circle K’s no gun policy

Since Circle K gas station has a no gun policy, Jennifer was first suspended for two weeks before being terminated, despite having stopped the robbery. Jennifer was upset by the news especially since she was just defending herself. “We are not to chase,” she said, commenting on the store’s policy toward robbery suspects. “We are not to provoke. We are not to do anything. We just stand there and give them what they want and they leave. What if he would have come in and just shot me just because I wasn’t behind the counter?” Suspect Ferron Mendez was taken to the hospital and is expected to survive.

Jennifer’s GoFundMe page

Now, Jennifer is struggling to support her three small children. Knowing that her daughter would not ask for help, Jennifer’s mother Setup a GoFundMe page. On the page, Jennifer’s mother explains the situation and asks for help There is a picture of her three children who are 8, 6 and 2. The page has received an overwhelming amount of support including comments, shares, and donations. Jennifer’s mother has a starting goal of $20,000 and as of last night (Tuesday), half of that has been raised.

(H/T: Fox News)

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Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Sarah graduated from Salem College with a BA in creative writing. She has had work published in her school’s literary magazine as well as blogging experience though C-Fam (Catholic Family). During her time as an undergrad, Sarah visited Florence, Italy where she performed with her choir in an international music festival. This past March, C-Fam sponsored Sarah to attended the annual Commission on the Status of Women conference in New York City.


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  • kaneasha8

    The guy had a damn fake air gun. She had a concealed weapon with NO concealed weapon license. He pointed at her face? But did’nt shoot – even when she cocked and shot?
    Where is the security camera video footage of this incident?
    She was walking around CK with a loaded gun hidden on her all that time just waiting to shoot someone.
    LE has not charged this woman with any of her crimes.
    Only in America can you shoot someone, plaster a pic of your 3 grimey kids manipulating idiots into giving you money on your Gofundme MONEYGRAB.
    This woman uses 3 last names.
    Has anyone even bothered to check out the truth of her story?
    Where is the security camera video of this incident?
    Stupid fools will always be seperated from their $$$$$

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