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Friends & family plan vigil for man shot during heroic act

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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Friends and family will gather Wednesday night to pray for a "Good Samaritan" who helped save a young woman's life. A prayer vigil in his honor will be held at 6 p.m. at Christ the King Catholic Church on LSU's campus.

Charlie Cangelosi, 23, was shot in the chest early Sunday morning, after stepping in on the armed robbery of a pregnant woman in Baton Rouge. Cangelosi continues to improve at an area hospital and family members said Monday he is expected to make a full recovery.

"We're so proud of him," said Carolyn Cangelosi, his mother. "So happy he's alive and everything is going to be fine and we're just so proud that he's our son."

Cangelosi was shot after helping save a 20-year-old mother-to-be on Earl Gros Avenue, which is just outside Stadium Square Apartments near Tigerland, a little after midnight.

"Not surprised. I would be surprised if he had not helped her. If he had walked away and stayed healthy, he would never have been happy for the rest his life. This is what he was supposed to do and he did it," she explained.

The Cangelosis stated Charlie's room has been flooded with visitors, all hoping to catch a glimpse of a person being hailed as a hero.

"As far as responding to being a hero or a 'Good Samaritan,' he just shakes his head, no. I think he's feeling that's not what this was all about," his mother added.

He had a second surgery Monday and faces yet another surgery Thursday.

"We're in the middle of the woods. We're not out of the woods, so we still have a long ways to go, but he's doing great," his mother explained.

Carolyn and David Cangelosi said they are praying for Charlie's shooter and have found it in their heart to forgive him and give them help. 

The unidentified shooter fled the scene in a car and remains at large. Police have not released the name of the 20-year-old woman who was being robbed. She was not injured. Neighbors expressed shock over the shooting.

"We were all horrified with the whole situation when we learned this morning, and Charlie was a great kid," said Laurie Thigpin, who lives near Tigerland. "He was doing exactly what we've all taught our children to do. He was going to the help of a young lady."

"This is just a close-knit neighborhood and all, and he's a great kid," said Patty Mauldin, another neighbor. "We know his parents real well and we were really surprised to hear this news. We're all just hoping and praying that he will recover."

Cangelosi is a 2009 graduate of LSU. His father, David Cangelosi, owns Cangelosi Ward General Contractors on Brookline Avenue in Baton Rouge.

Friends of the victim have been posting notes of encouragement on his Facebook page since the incident unfolded.

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