Restaurant helps family of girl killed in crosswalk
April 23, 2018 06:17 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – It's been more than a month since Eliza Justine Almuina died while crossing the street outside her Albuquerque school. The community has donated more than $10,000 to a GoFundMe for the girl, and now they’re coming together for the family again.
The 12-year-old’s mom, Jennie Aguirre, said it's been extremely difficult to even get out of bed in the morning and she hasn't been able to work. But one of her former employers, Bubba's 33, is stepping up to help out.
"It meant the world to me because when you move on, you don't think the people from your past are going to still be there and for them to have reached out showed a lot of compassion a lot of love and support," Aguirre said.
Monday, the restaurant held a fundraiser. Ten percent of food sales went to the family from tables who mentioned it to their server. They'll be holding the fundraiser again this Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Just tell your server if you want to participate.
Aguirre said the community support means the world to them, and she still can't believe her daughter's gone.
"For me personally, I feel like I want to be home because I feel like she's coming home," she said.
Eliza Justine crossed the street outside Cleveland Middle School after the school's carnival late last month. Police said a vehicle waited for kids to cross Louisiana in the left lane of traffic, but a car in the other lane didn't stop.
Police called it a tragic accident. Aguirre would not comment on whether she’ll take legal action against the driver.
Updated: April 23, 2018 06:17 PM
Created: April 23, 2018 06:04 PM
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