Funds raised for family of man fatally shot on Brooklyn bus

March 27, 2014 10:54:55 AM PDT
Money is being donated to the family of a bodega worker shot to death while riding a bus in Brooklyn Thursday night.

The Bodega Association of the United States says it's giving $5,000 to the family of Angel Rojas.

Rojas, 39, was a bystander and not the intended target of the shooting in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

Rojas came to the United States four years ago from the Dominican Republic with his wife Maria and the couple's two children, 12-year-old Saury and 8-year-old Abril.

Family members say he worked two jobs to make ends meet in the quest for a better life for his family.

The bodega association says it is trying to help the family cover the costs of the funeral arrangements.

"We must unite as a community and help this family. Contributions are needed now and once again we are asking New Yorkers to open their hearts and wallets for this family. Our goal is to help create an educational fund for 2 young children and help Mrs. Rojas with some expenses during these hard times. This is very sad and tragic, it could have happened to anyone of us," said Fernando Mateo, spokesman for the Bodega Association.

"We will deliver a 5,000.00 check and hope more comes in. This was a good man, a Bodeguero like us, we are a large family and we watch out for one another," said Ramon Murphy, President of the Bodega Association.

Catholic Charities has also set up a donation drive for the Rojas family. Those wishing to donate can go to:

A 14-year-old suspect, identified as Kathon Anderson, has been arrested in connection with the shooting. He is being charged as an adult with second degree murder, Criminal Possession of a Weapon and Criminal Use of a Firearm. He was arraigned Friday.

Authorities say the suspect boarded the bus to go after a rival gang member, but instead hit Rojas in the head.

The teenager was arrested at the scene while commuters scrambled to get out of the way. A firearm was recovered.

Police said the boy fired one shot on the bus and several more outside. Six shell casings were found at the scene. The shooting appears to be gang related, and authorites say the intended target was a member of a rival gang who had been taunting him on social media.

Girls he was with reportedly pointed out the target.

The boy has a prior arrest for an assault as a hate crime in 2011. He was charged as a minor, and the arrest is sealed.