A nonprofit based in California launched a fundraiser Wednesday to raise money to transport the body of a 16-year-old Guatemalan boy who died in federal custody back to his home and for burial costs.
The NoTeDejes Media Foundation has set a goal of $15,000 to repatriate Juan de León Gutiérrez, who died on April 30 after falling ill at a Southwest Key Programs shelter.
The Corpus Christi Caller Times reports that Gutiérrez, who died at the Driscoll Children’s Hospital, died from a Pott’s Tumor.
“Our goal is to assist immigrants regardless of documentation and to help make their lives easier. Raising funds for the funeral expenses for Juan de León Gutiérrez is very much in line with the mission of our organization, and this effort makes sense given our connections with the Guatemalan community,” said Angel Cordova, NoTeDejes Community Liaison.
NoTeDejes says it received permission from the teen’s family to raise the funds.
As of 9:30 a.m. Thursday, eight people had donated $545 toward the effort.