OAKLAND (KCBS) – An Oakland outreach team held a fundraiser this weekend for the family of the one-year-old boy, who was shot in the head Monday night outside a West Oakland liquor store.
Hiram Lawrence Jr. remains in critical condition at Oakland Children’s Hospital. The car wash fundraiser was organized by the Measure Y Street Outreach team and Anthony Del Toro said they are just trying to help out the little boy’s family.
KCBS’ Anna Duckworth Reports:
“The car wash is just one of the ways we can raise some money,” said Del Toro. “It’s just raising money for the family. I understand they’re going through some things right now and any help would be good.”
Del Toro said one of the touching moments of Saturday’s event was seeing Carlos Nava Sr., whose three-year-old son was killed in the crossfire of a shooting on International Boulevard in August.
“He came down to show his support. It’s just amazing to see how many people come together,” said Del Toro.
Hiram’s mother attended the event but declined to comment. Her brother, Norman Bubino, said the family is grateful for all the support.
“They’re praying for us, which is what we’re asking everyone to do,” Bubino said. “Just pray for us and pray for the baby.”
The car wash was free although people were asked to give what they could. Del Toro said it was busy the entire day and it was one of the team’s most successful fundraisers to date.
Five “persons of interest” have been detained in connection with the shooting that injured six other people, but police say they need more information from witnesses.
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