BATON ROUGE - The 18-year-old victim of a home invasion is recovering after having jaw surgery Thursday.
Renee Ahmed was beaten so badly, she had to have the surgery and cannot talk. She will now drink juice from a syringe and tube for the next six weeks. Renee uses a notepad to communicate.
"They took our sense of security, they took a lot of things that night," she said before the surgery.
Earlier this week, two men broke into the Ahmed's Riverbend home, entering through a bathroom window. The two gunmen then tied up Renee, her mother and three siblings and beat Renee.
"These are my children. Some of them tied up. He scratched my son with a knife and I cannot do nothing," said Rania Ahmed. "All I can say is please leave us alone, we don't have no money."
Ahmed believes the home invasion is tied to an armed robbery in Tigerland where a man got away with thousands of dollars in cash. After the holdup, Ahmed gave up their Akasha Market family business.
Renee plans to stay positive during her recovery as her jaw heals.
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