Fundraiser for Tucson family who lost child to random violencePosted: Updated:
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Family, friends and complete strangers came together to honor the life of a 7-year-old shot dead outside his home over the weekend.
Monday, Johnathan Federico's family held a car wash to raise money for his family.
They're also hoping to raise awareness about neighborhood violence as the memorial for Johnathan Federico grows outside the apartment complex where he was shot Saturday morning.
Tucsonans who never even met the spunky 7-year-old stopped to help.
"I got three grandkids and I can't see this happening to my grandkids and this is the only way I could at least show something," said Jose German.
"You don't really know how many good people are out there until you see stuff like this and they've been so wonderful," said Johnathan's cousin Bianca Lopez.
Johnathan's family and friends spent the day washing cars to raise money for the little boy's family.
He was killed near 29th Street and Craycroft when a gunman fired toward the family home.
"We know what it is to lose someone and the pain and the hurt families suffer from, gangs and street violence and drugs and alcohol and prison violence, so when something like this happens we try to respond in any way we can," said Richard Cordero from the Ministries of Victory Outreach.
Tragedy has struck Johnathan's family before. Each time the pain hits home, which is why they're hoping to put a stop to the violence.
"We just want to try and do our best to help others and victims and hope that nothing like this ever happens again," said Lopez.
People who live in Johnathan's neighborhood can expect to see an increase in police patrols there this week, but TPD says neighbors also need to be on the lookout.
"Maybe it's a crime in progress, or maybe it's simply something that just doesn't look right. The best people to know that are going to be the people that live there and know which cars come through the neighborhood everyday," said Matt Ronstadt from the Tucson Police Department.
It's a simple observation that can save lives.
"I know he's watching down on us and I know he sees what we're doing for him," said Lopez.
Police have arrested 21-year-old Alvin Valenzuela of Sells on murder charges.
He's being held in the Pima County Jail on a $1 million bond.