Lubbock restaurant raises money for employee who passed away from meningitis

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - One Lubbock restaurant is remembering a highly-regarded member of their staff who passed away recently.

20-year-old Fredrick Owiro, a former student of South Plains College, worked at the Tech Cafe location on 1585.

According to a GoFundMe account set up for Owiro, he moved to the United States with one goal: to graduate, get a good job, and take care of his family back home in Kenya.

Jessica Torres, an employee at Tech Cafe, recalls her visit to Owiro in the hospital.

"We fixed a western omelet for him and a pancake because that's what he always asked for when he was here and he was hungry. We all signed the box and what not and when I get to the hospital, the nurse said 'He won't be able to have that,'" Torres said. "And I was just like 'did y'all put him on a diet, what's going on?' and she said, 'No. He's been declared legally brain dead."

Coworkers of Owiro said that he had complained about being sick for several weeks, but nobody thought anything was seriously wrong.

"We felt for the family because they're over there and they can't come take care of him and everything so we're like 'we've got to help them,'" Torres said. "We've got to figure out what we can do to help them because it's probably going to cost a fortune because they're all the way in Kenya."

Says Leticia Suchio, another member of Tech Cafe that was close with Fredrick.

This past weekend Tech Cafe hosted a car wash and bake sale to help raise money for Owiro's family. They also have a donation jar on display which will be up at the 1585 location.

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