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8/18/10

Family reaching out to the community for help with funeral expenses

Juan Anthony Rosales Juan Anthony Rosales

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The family of a Lubbock man who died August 13th at Leroy Elmore Park is fundraising to help pay for funeral expenses and they are still searching for answers in his death.

To friends and family Juan Anthony Rosales, 33, was known as Tony. Witnesses say that is what he was doing on Friday when he got in the water at the park. Those on the scene say he was trying to help a boy recover a remote controlled boat just before 2 p.m.

He began to struggle and call for help. Bystanders, police and EMS did everything they could to save a man Friday afternoon in Leroy Elmore Park.

It is not clear if he made it back on shore himself or if he was pulled out of the water. Paramedics did CPR on the man and took him to University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

The Medical Examiner has completed the autopsy, however, details of the autopsy will not be released until the police department finishes their investigation. No other information has been released about the incident.

The family has set up a fund to help with funeral expenses at First Convenience Bank with branches at Lubbock Wal Mart stores. "Ever since Sunday we started trying to raise funds for my son's funeral.  It comes to $8,000, and unfortunately my son was not working at the time, so he had not insurance; so I'm calling out to the public, if they can help us," Rosales' mother Dorina Aguirre said. 

The Rosales' family also held a raffle Wednesday for a $50 gift card at Sonic near 34th and Utica. They'll be there again Thursday selling tickets from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The winner will be notified on Friday. Also on Thursday, they're holding a fundraiser dance at the Red Roof Inn with tickets at $5 each. It starts at 7 p.m., and right now they think it will go until midnight. 

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