Posted 6:00 PM 7/21/2013 : Family of ten-year-old struck by deputy facing two tragedies
TUCSON-The family of a ten-year-old boy killed in an accident held a fundraiser Sunday to raise money for his funeral.
Xavier Sanchez died Monday after he was struck on a Southside street by a Pima County Sheriff's deputy.
The Tucson police department investigated the collision, and the deputy is not facing charges.
The boy's family is upset, and they want a more thorough investigation.
But for now, they have to deal with funeral expenses and another surprising tragedy in their lives.
The Sanchez family said they're just so overwhelmed by what's happened and grateful to all the people who showed up today to show their support.
Jimmy Sanchez hugged his kids tightly.
They're grateful to be together in this time of grief.
"My son was so full of life," said Sanchez.
They didn't know what to do after ten-year-old Xavier Sanchez was struck and killed on Monday.
"I'm just going to miss my son and my kids are going to miss their brother," said Sanchez.
But the community rallied around the family hosting this fundraiser to help Sanchez pay for Xavier's funeral.
They sold raffle tickets, plates of food, and a man even came from Benson to donate proceeds from horse rides.
"I personally had experienced what it's like to not have money to bury a loved one, so we thought we'd load up our little horse and bring her out here and see if we could help out," said Ed Wagner.
"I appreciate everybody's support, and I know my son would be very thankful for the support of the community," said Sanchez.
But Sanchez's heart is not only aching for his son, but also for Xavier's best friend who committed suicide just days after Xavier died.
"He was there at the accident and saw my son get killed," said Sanchez.
Sanchez said the boy became depressed.
"(He mentioned) that he didn't want his friend to go to heaven by himself. He wanted to go with him, so that he wouldn't be alone," said Sanchez.
Sanchez has this plea for anyone having a hard time with the tragedy:
"Please go seek help--counseling because this is very tragic, and I cannot have another person taking their life because of what they saw."
Sanchez said he's going to do whatever he can for the other family who's also grieving for their child.
Close to two thousand dollars were raised for the Sanchez family.
You can donate at a Wells Fargo.
Mention the "Xavier Arturo Sanchez Memorial Fund."
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