The family of 5-year-old Antonio Rojo is seeking help to bury their son after he was found dead on Friday.
"She doesn't have the resources to bury her baby. She's a single mother of two, and I don't know what to tell her or how to make her feel better," said Antonio's godmother, Melissa Mullins. "You really don't know how to process that. A child's death is never easy for the family and friends. He impacted everyone."
Lubbock police responded to Antonio's home in the 500 block of 53rd Street on Friday in reference to a child that was not breathing. LPD has no official cause of death and says the investigation is ongoing.
The family tells us Antonio accidentally hung himself with a belt on his bunk bed while playing WWE in his room.
Mullins says Antonio's mother has no insurance and is paying for the $6,000 in funeral costs completely out of pocket. The family has set up donation jars at many local businesses in their neighborhood.
Money for the funeral can be donated at the Copper Caboose on Avenue Q, Pronto Mart at 50th and I-27, One Stop Smoke Shop at 50th and I-27, Buddy's Fast Stop and Walmart at Quaker and S Loop 289.
"He was so smart," said Mullins. "He was funny, he was just the best kid. Antonio was always outside, he was always playing, he was friendly, he talked to everyone. He's just an awesome kid who was wise beyond his years."
Mullins says it's still surreal that her godson is gone.
"Every time after church, I would come home and see him every Sunday," she says, "and he would ask me, ‘Tia will you read me a book?' And he would sit on my lap and I would read him stories. He loved to read."
The funeral will be held early this week.
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