Car wash fundraiser held for family of Angel Velasquez
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The community is coming together to raise money for a Metro Explorer who was hit and killed by a suspected drunk driver.
A car wash fundraiser was held Saturday for the family of 19-year-old Angel Velasquez.
Hundreds of people in cars, motorcycles and police vehicles lined up, not only to pay respects to Velasquez, but to help pay for the family's funeral expenses.
"It's for a great cause. I saw the young man's picture and I just, it's horrible, just tragic," said one person who donated.
Heba McMurtry added, "I'm very against drinking and driving, and you see accidents like this happen, such a young kid, very unfortunate. Could have been prevented."
Family, friends and total strangers came together for the future police officer.
"He knew from the get-go he wanted to join the police department, preferably LVMPD, but this was his dream. He wanted to serve and protect our community," said Jacqueline Velasquez, sister.
Metro Explorer Program organized the fundraiser at the Brake Masters on Eastern and Windmill. Angel often volunteered at events, just like this one.
"He was an amazing human being, person and friend to all of these people, which is why they are here today," said Krista Bullard, Metro Explorers.
Velasquez died Thursday night when his motorcycle collided with another vehicle on Sahara and Van Patten Street. The driver, Jvon Williams, left the scene but was later arrested for driving under the influence and felony hit and run.
Velasquez's death is the 59th traffic-related fatality this year, but family and friends want him to be remembered for so much more.
"He was a great leader. He always found something to cheer us up when we were down," said fellow Explorer, Carlos Aguirre.
Also on Saturday, members of his soccer team "Vegas Rush" came together in his memory. All their uniforms had his picture and his number on the back.
Before the game, a moment of silence was held in his memory. A fellow teammate organized the game through Facebook to show his love for the Metro Explorer.
There is another car wash fundraiser scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 4 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Abuela's Tacos on Sahara near Lamb.
A public visitation will take place on Tuesday at Palm Mortuary downtown, and funeral services will be on Wednesday.