A benevolence fund has been set up to help the children of the victim who died in Tuesday's tragic house fire in south Lubbock. Police say a homicide investigation is in progress.
34-year old Denise Alonzo was found dead in the burning duplex on 58th Street and Avenue S.
A family friend, Brenda Thomas, tells us Alonzo leaves behind three children: a 14-year old daughter, an 11-year old son, and an 8-year old daughter.
Alonzo's youngest sister, Lora Martinez and her husband Mario have taken in the children. The Martinez's have two children of their own, a 4-year old daughter and 2-year old son.
"Right now, they're just living in the moment - just trying to get the kids in counseling and just prepare for minute by minute situations because as you can imagine, it's very traumatizing. They had to tell the children what happened," Thomas said.
Thomas said that not only is this tragedy weighing on them, but now the Martinez's also have to worry about finances.
"Financially, it's going to be a big burden and unfortunately, there was no money left for the children, no life insurance or anything, and so he's looking at a second job so he can help with the income," Thomas said.
With Christmas one week away, a benevolence fund has been set up for Alonzo's kids.
"For Christmas, it's wonderful - since it's fixin' to be Christmas and they're so giving and loving to take on this big task and so much emotional things going on," Thomas said.
The fund has been set up at the WesTex Federal Credit Union on 901 Avenue Q under the name Mario Martinez.
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