The last thing Angel Rojas said to his mother was “hello,” reports the New York Daily News today, March 24, 2014.
Angel Rojas, the 39-year-old father who was shot dead by a gangbanger on the B15 bus in Brooklyn Thursday, was calling his mom on his way home from work that night as he always did.
… Then the phone went dead.
Kahton Anderson, 14, who aimed his .357-Magnum pistol at a rival gang member but missed, instead accidentally shooting Rojas, was charged with second-degree murder.
Left behind are Mr. Rojas’ widow, Maria Lopez, and their children, April, 8, and Saury, 12.
An immigrant from the Dominican Republic, Mr. Rojas was working two jobs to support his family.
With Mr. Rojas gone, his widow said she can no longer afford their modest, second-floor Brownsville apartment on the meager pay she earns as a part-time home attendant.
Catholic Charities Executive Director Msgr. Kevin Sullivan attended Mr. Rojas’ wake at Ponce Funeral Home in Brooklyn yesterday.
As the Daily News reports, you can help the family by sending a check to Catholic Charities, 1011 First Ave., New York, NY 10022.
Online donations can be made at CatholicCharitiesny.org.
So far, the fund has raised more than $6,600, including two donations by phone for $1,000 each. A total of 52 people have donated so far.