When Agri Gonzalez, a 16-year-old athlete from south Florida, found out she would be her school’s homecoming queen for the next year, she decided to celebrate with a night out with friends — but of course there was a heartbreaking underlying message to that celebration. Gonzalez returned to her family’s home after the school party and found her mom and younger brother dead in their living room. Police told local CBS affiliate WSVN that the 53-year-old mom and 10-year-old brother, both of whom had numerous health problems, appeared to have been smothered. This just 18 months after the boy’s father, who was the victim of a similar tragedy, died from a heart attack.
After seeing how much joy she was able to bring to her friends on that particular evening, Gonzalez decided she wanted to do something special for her grieving family and now she has teamed up with one of her teammates, Tristen Hutchings, to organize a trip to Disney World, paid for by a crowdfunding campaign that has already surpassed its initial $25,000 goal. She has also set up a GoFundMe to pay for a lifetime supply of material and mental health services for her family. For his part, Hutchings has told local news station WFTS that she “is my heart” and that “she is my sister and she’s the most beautiful person that’s ever existed on this planet.”
According to WSVN, Gonzalez hopes to find a way to continue the “positive change” that the outpouring of support has helped to bring her family through. “My mom was my mom and my brother was my brother,” she told the local network. “Now I have two kids and no one is there to look after them because my mom and brother are gone and this affects everyone else.” Gonzalez also is now charged with both first-degree murder and manslaughter.
Read the full story at WSVN.
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