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11/30/05

NewsChannel 11 Captures Rare Act of Kindness on Camera

A rare act of kindness is captured on camera. Sunday, we told you how a Lubbock man's life was cut short while trying to break up a bar fight at Sonidos Night Club on East Broadway. The victim, Gabriel Hernandez was only 25-years-old and left behind a wife and children. Now, for the first time since this tragedy struck, a stranger gives them reason to smile again. NewsChannel 11's Kealey McIntire explains.

Wednesday afternoon, NewsChannel 11 received a call from a viewer who wanted to help Hernandez's family. Carol Kuykendall told us, instead of sending christmas money to her 14 grandchildren and great-grandchildren she wanted to donate it to Gabriel's children. So we arranged for them to meet face to face.

Twenty-five year-old Gabriel Hernandez was last seen alive at Sonidos Night Club, where he was stabbed to death while trying to break up a fight.

Andrew Hernandez's father now says, "God giveth and God taketh away."

He is a man of faith, but deeply misses his son. However, he hoped something good would come.

Andrew said, "The hurt just seems to be so small compared to the blessings that God has bestowed on my family."

Carol Kuykendall, a stranger is one of those blessings. "I just saw this story on NewsChannel 11 the other night, the night arfter it just happened and it just reached out and grabbed my heart." Every year I send money to my grandkids and great-grandkids who all live in California and I just decided this year I would like to give this money to this family so these children can have Christmas."

In return, Kuyknendall only asks for a picture of Gabriel's daughters 2-year-old Azariah and 1-year-old Xochitl, from his wife, Bridgette Burnall.

"I was just shocked," said Bridgette. "I'm grateful for everyone who's done stuff."

"She gave me a picture of the girls so I can send to my grandkids so they'll be able to see where they're Christmas is going," said Kuykendall. "I know my grandkids and great-grandkids would want me to do this. My heart just goes out to this family."

"I just thank God for you and thank God for everyone who's just opened up their hearts," said Andrew. "Gabriel's just been so blessed in his death. It's awesome."

Kuykendall doesn't want to be thanked she just wants the community to remember those in need.

"God bless you," Andrew told Carol as they hugged.

"This has got to be so hard," said Carol.

Andrew said, "Thank you very much, thank you very much."

Bridgette and Andrew especially want to thank Gabriel's full time employer, GVH Millennium, who set up the "Gabriel Hernandez Memorial Fund." You can donate to at any Plains Capital Bank location. All proceeds benefit the Hernandez children.

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