Turning water and suds into cash for Vargas family

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- While police continue to search for the man who killed a Maricopa County detention officer, family and friends are looking after the loved ones left behind.

Friends and family are hoping a little water and suds will turn fruitful for the family of Jorge Vargas.

"They're going to need all the help they can get," said Irvin Vargas, the brother of the slain detention officer.
He said bills are starting to pile up for his sister-in-law and nephew and he's hoping a car wash near 51st Avenue and Cactus Road and the sale of personalized T-shirts will help relieve the financial stress.

"The family is completely destroyed," Irvin Vargas said. "My mom is taking it really bad and so is his wife. I'm juggling between both of them trying to be there for both of them."

Jorge Vargas, who was 27 years old, was gunned down Aug. 8 while working on his truck before going to work. Shortly after, Phoenix police released a sketch of the man believed to have shot and killed him. It's a sketch that can be seen daily on the electronic billboards across the Valley. So far, police have no suspects.

"Jorge was the main source of income for his family," Irvin Vargas said. "This is all going straight to his wife and his son left behind."

Officer Vargas was laid to rest on Friday.