Local Comedy Club Hosts Fundraiser For West Nile Victim

Saturday, October 20, 2012 - 9:28pm

Family and friends gathered at 6 Strings Bar in East El Paso tonight to raise money for the family of 25 year old Tuti Hernandez, a victim of West Nile virus. Hernandnez has left a wife and 3 young children.

Tuti loved comedy and spent Tuesday nights at Coconut's Bar and Grill watching his friends from the El Paso Underground Comedy Club perform. Roland Murphy and Jerry Karnes decided to host the charity benefit tonight to help Hernandez's grieving family.

Hernandez became ill with what his family thought might be the flu. After 3 trips to the hospital, doctors were still unable to diagnose him.  By the time health care professionals realized Hernandez had West Nile virus, it was too late to save him.

The City of El Paso Health Department has confirmed 28 cases of West Nile virus this year. Five of the victims have died - the most the city has ever seen. The department says people should wear long sleeves and pants, use mosquito repellent containing DEET, and avoid exposure to mosquitos during dusk and dawn.

The El Paso Underground Comedy club is holding a second charity benefit tomorrow night at 7pm. It will be at the House of Rock, located at 8838 Viscount. There is a $5 cover and all the money will go to the Hernandez family.

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