Fire Donation Dispute
POSTED: Monday, June 14, 2010 - 5:10pm
UPDATED: Monday, June 14, 2010 - 9:23pm
EL PASO - One tragedy, two families, and now the question remains.
"Who's gonna help the little girl who's gonna help bury her?," Jennifer Edgar said.
That's what Jennifer Edgar and the other neighbors are asking after an eastside fire last Thursday morning killed a 6 year-old girl.
The neighbors have since been accepting donations to benefit the survivors, the girl's 4 year-old sister and their mother, who is in stable condition at the burn center in Lubbock.
"They are the two that survived this horrific accident and I believe that they right now they need all the help they can get," Edgar said.
Some of the money donated so far has already gone to buy the 4 year-old girl clothes, blankets and other necessities lost in the fire. Neighbors say all the money will go to Alicia Mireles, the injured mother, once she's released from the hospital.
But what about Jerry Villar Jr.? The man who lost his life in the upstairs portion of the quadraplex the four lived. Fire officials say he made one of the calls to 911 that morning.
Jerry Villar is the father of Jerry Jr. and he says he never thought about the money from the donation but he does think his son should not be forgotten.
"We were kind of shocked because I mean my son died there too," Villar said. "And I don't think it was fair that only the money was going to family because my son was living with them and he's the one that died too."
Donations for Jerry Villar Jr. will be accepted at First Convenience Bank # 412-637-308.
Donations for Alicia Mireles will be accepted at GECU # 530-750.