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Feb 22, 2014 8:50 PM

Benefits Held for Families of This Week's Tragedies

CORPUS CHRISTI - Two days after a BBQ pit falls on 4-year-old Emma Rose, causing her death, her mother makes her way down to San Carlos Park, to a benefit being held in her daughter's honor

"I'm still in shock...I cannot believe it is happening....," Christine Herrera, Mother of Emma Rose says.

Between tears Christine Herrera tries to muster the strength to speak again.

"It's like she is just staying with one of her aunts...and she is going to come home...," Herrera cries.

We cut the interview, because she was clearly still grieving.

Her baby girl's cousin, Latoya Herrera, says the loss of Emma Rose has shook her family.

"She's not here. We miss her, we miss her, we do...but she's not here.She was very special, she lit up a room with her smile. She's a pretty little girl...sweetest person you will ever meet...my bunny," Latoya Herrera, the cousin of Emma Rose cries out.

trying to hold it together, the family walked through the BBQ benefit, thanking everyone for their support.

After seeing the news and hearing what happened, one of the family's neighbors knew she had to step up and host the benefit.

"I mean, we all live, this is called the Barrio. Everybody does everything for each other here, everyone helps out each other," Maria Iruegas, the neighbor of Emma Rose explains.

By the end of the day, over $2,800 was raised.

The Emma Rose's family wants to thank friends and family who put the event together and those who came out to donate.

There was also a benefit held at the Blue Room on Kostoryz for the two little girls killed on Cheryl Street.

"This is one of the biggest tragedies, but the one good that comes out of this is that our community showed their love," Melissa Saldana, the host of Cheryl St. Benefit explains.

Melissa Saldana helped put this event together because she is a long time family friend

She says she has had donations from many businesses from Citgo all the way to hair salons.

By the middle of the day, both benefits and both families, merged together, to give back.

Grandma Valent helps hand the family of Emma Rose a 1,200 dollar check.

The family of the Cheryl Street shooting say they have enough, now it is time to pay it forward.

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