By MORGAN MANNS
A Fostoria family will honor the life of a 20-year-old daughter, granddaughter, sister, niece, aunt and friend with a benefit in her name Friday.
The family of Janelle Mauricio will host the benefit beginning at 6 p.m. at the Grooveline, 300 N. Main St., for adults and at 6 p.m. at Laura’s All American Café, 224 N. Main St., for children up to the age of 18.
A 2011 graduate of Fostoria High School, Mauricio died May 21 as a result of gunshot wounds inflicted when she and her boyfriend, Caleb Barto, 19, were assaulted at their 218 E. Culbertson St. residence.
According to officials, Barto did not suffer any injuries from gunshots and was treated and released from ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.
“This is one way to honor her,” Shelly Garcia, Mauricio’s aunt, said. “It was a senseless act for this to happen. It shouldn’t have happened. “¦ (The benefit) is a way to show people that she was loved.”
Spearheaded by Garcia and her husband, Jesse, the benefit will have an all-you-can-eat nacho and taco bar. In addition, there will be a 50/50 drawing and raffles.
Prizes include Cedar Point tickets, Mud Hens tickets and gift cards to various local businesses.
Galan Sound will provide musical entertainment at the Grooveline for the evening. A $5 donation is requested at the door.
Admission for children at Laura’s All American Café is $1. T
he restaurant’s menu will be available for dinner purchases.
Garcia said Pat Roddy, Grooveline; Brad and Kelly Easter, Laura’s Café; and Ed Galan and Lisa Rentira, Galan Sound; are donating their services for the event.
All proceeds from both benefits will go towards funeral expenses for Mauricio, whose services are today at 10:30 a.m. at St. Wendelin Catholic Church.
According to Garcia, any additional funds will either be placed into a scholarship or donated to other local families in need.
“If we come together and help the (Mauricio) family by taking a burden off of burial costs and funeral expenses, it’s just one less thing they have to worry about,” Garcia said. “They can concentrate on healing.”
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