Fundraiser for home invasion victim Saturday

January 30, 2014 • Local News

Community organizers will hold a fundraiser Saturday for [auth] the victim of a home invasion, burglary and brutal rape that occurred Jan. 4. on Pecan Drive.

The fundraiser is slated to take place 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 1 on the west side of Peter Piper Pizza, 2601 N. Main St.

Event coordinator Nicole Vargas said the goal of the event is “to give her [the victim] closure and a new beginning.”

“A fresh start,” added fellow coordinator Angel Guevara, who is a founding member of local activist organization N.M. Revolution EYES.

The event will include a bake sale and sale of t-shirts created by Revolution. Proceeds will go toward helping the victim cover medical costs as well as help with replacing items damaged or stolen from the victim’s home during the incident.

Vargas said organizers are also seeking monetary donations in cash or check form. Donors using checks may ask at the fundraiser to whom they should write checks.

Coordinators also request several items to replace those previously owned by the victim. Gifts of pillows, wall decorations, kitchenware, towels, sheets, comforters, window curtains and shower curtains are welcome.

Early in the morning of Jan. 4, a teenage boy allegedly broke into the home of the victim, stabbed her in the neck and sides, and raped her.

He left the woman to die, driving away with several items from her house. The suspect was apprehended by police after neighbors called to report the crime.

Coordinators said the victim is out of the hospital and has moved to a new residence.

Vargas worries about the victim facing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) resulting from the violent incident.

Guevara, who knows the victim, said, “She’s changed. … It’s always there.”

Guevara and other members of Revolution were present at a vigil held for the victim the day after the attack. Revolution is aimed at promoting positive attitudes and hometown pride among Roswell residents, in hopes of decreasing the city’s violent crime rate.

Revolution, along with Peter Piper, Hastings Entertainment, Lykins Tires, Walmart and lamb meat supplier Ranchline All Natural, are sponsoring Saturday’s event.

More information can be found by visiting the fundraiser’s Facebook event page, “For the victim of Pecan Street.” A raffle by separate organizers raising funds for the victim is under way. Vargas and others plan to start an additional raffle later in February. Details will be posted on the Facebook event page.

Vargas said she is pleased with community support for the victim.

“We did the candle light vigil, and I mean, God, everyone came from everywhere,” she said. “There’s so many people in her corner.”

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