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Fundraiser held for family of teen killed over iPad

Fundraiser held for family of teen killed over iPad

By Spencer Lubitz. CREATED May 18, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Friends gathered Saturday to support the family of 15-year-old Marcos Arenas, the teen killed while trying to stop his iPad from being stolen.

Arenas died after he was run over following a struggle with a stranger who snatched his iPad from his hands. The incident happened Thursday near Charleston and Torrey Pines.

With 10 kids, money is tight for the Arenas family. So on Saturday, friends did what they could to raise money to help pay for the victim's funeral.

Friends brought out hoses and buckets, and held a car wash for Marcos, asking everyone that came by to donate just a few dollars.

The Arenas family doesn't have a lot of money and in fact, they said the iPad was a big luxury, which was why they believe Marcos tried so hard to protect it.

As they washed vehicles on Saturday, friends remembered Marcos as a caring, loving young man with a lot of promise.

"He was a very outgoing young man and he had dreams that I think he would've fulfilled, but his life was taken too short," said CherAnn Escalante, family friend.

Two more car washes will be held for the Arenas family on Sunday, May 19, both of them at 10 a.m.

One of them will be at Charleston and Torrey Pines, the other will be held at Charleston and Rainbow.

Spencer Lubitz

Spencer Lubitz

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Spencer Lubitz is a general assignment reporter for Action News.