AZUSA (CBSLA.com) — A fundraiser was held Saturday for three people who were killed in a fire at a tire shop in South El Monte last week.
The deadly fire was the result of someone fire-bombing the shop with a Molotov cocktail, according to police, trapping all three victims inside. One suspect was arrested and was charged with murder.
Among the three young victims was 19-year-old Destiny Aguirre, whose friends say Saturday’s fundraiser was arranged to help her family afford a proper funeral.
Family and friends planned a two-day car wash at Santana’s Restaurant in Azusa, along with launching a Go Fund Me page for her family.
Due to the drought, Aguirre’s father was required to obtain special permission from the water department to hold the car wash, which appeared to be successful by a long line of vehicles waiting for a wash.
“We’re all here to support each other, so even though I didn’t know Destiny, it comes from the heart when you are here in Azusa,” resident Sally Avila-Garcia said.
Friends say Aguirre was also a loving mother of two children, one aged three years old and the other just nine months.
Aguirre’s family says they need about $15,000 for the funeral alone, and that any extra money raised would be saved for her children.
Anyone interested in donating to Aguirre’s family can visit her Go Fund Me page here.