Wake held for man shot on bus in Brooklyn

March 27, 2014 10:56:31 AM PDT
Family and friends gathered Monday night to pay tribute to a hard-working father fatally shot while riding a city bus in Brooklyn.

A wake was held for 39-year old Angel Rojas at the Ponce Funeral Home.

Rojas, a bodega worker, was shot while riding to work Thursday night. Police say he 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 of the United States is giving $5,000 to his family to help cover the costs of funeral arrangements.

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

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.