The double tragedy endured by the family of Steven Reyes, a young man killed in Baldwin Park on November 2 in a similiar manner to his brother William Reyes in June, has increased by the fact that they cannot afford his funeral service.
The family has until Sunday, December 2 to raise nearly $2,000, which are needed to bury the former Baldwin Park High School student.
"What we are experiencing is very difficult, we haven't even been able to lay my brother to rest," said Hector Muniz, brother of the two victims. "We lived a double tragedy, we are asking people to help us however they can," he added.
Muniz, who has been collecting money from several businesses in the city, said his family must pay the money to the funeral home by Monday at the latest, in order to bury Steven.
Steven's murder shocked the community of Baldwin Park after he was gunned down on Maine Avenue while riding in a vehicle with two other passengers. One of them was injured.
His brother William, also died in a car-to-car shooting in June this year, near Center and Los Angeles St.
Homicide detectives with the Los Angeles County Sheriff are investigating both incidents as gang-related.
Funeral services for Steven will be held on Sunday, and his burial would take place on Monday. The family chose not to disclose the location of the services.
Anyone interested in helping the family of Steven and Guillermo Reyes can give a donation at any Wells Fargo branch, in the name of "Steven Reyes Memorial Fund."