Photo: Relatives of Family Killed in Bronx Car Crash Seek Financial Help for Funerals
UPDATE: The Dominican government released a statement saying it will help cover the cost of the funerals. A monetary amount was not given.
DR1 is reporting that relatives of the seven Dominicans who were killed in a tragic car accident in the Bronx, New York over the weekend have gone public with a plea for financial support to bring home the bodies of the grandparents, 88-year old Jacobo Nunez and 83-year old Ana Julia Martinez for burial. They will be buried in Jagua, Dajabon province, where they raised 18 children. The family members are seeking government or private help to bring the bodies back home. The grandparents had traveled to the US for a month-long stay with their children who had immigrated to the US. Josefina, 40, and Maria Codina, 36, Yaslin Gonzalez, 10, Naily Rosario, 9, and Marilyn Rosario, 3 were also killed in the tragic accident.
To help the family pay the estimated $100,000 cost for the funerals, cabbies of the New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers are stepping up and helping to raise the money as well as donating funds from themselves.
NYSFTD spokesman Fernando Mateo told NY Daily News, “Aside from the pain, it’s going to cost a lot of money to bury seven people. We estimate the cost may be upwards of $100,000 — and this family simply just doesn’t have it. We can’t imagine the pain. This is not only sad for only the Dominican community, it’s sad for the entire City of New York.”