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Taco fundraiser Sunday helps the Herrera family

By: By Carol Feineman News Messenger Editor
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While Lincoln community leaders are working on a community outreach plan to prevent suicides, a Lincoln business is holding a fundraiser Sunday to help one family pay for their son’s funeral expenses.  

Panaderia La Michoacana owners Gonzalo and Anna Alejandre will donate all proceeds of tacos, sodas and bottled water to Alexis Herrera’s family. Herrera, 19 and a Lincoln High School graduate and soccer player, took his life Jan. 19.

“We’re doing this fundraiser to help the family,” Anna Alejandre said. “The family are great people; they’re customers of ours. The guy was so young and you don’t expect something like that to happen.”

Herrera is the fourth young Lincoln man to commit suicide since summer 2011. Western Placer Unified School District President Kris Wyatt and Lincoln Police Office Krueger are now spearheading a plan to bring the community together to talk about preventing suicides.

 “It’s tragic. We can’t believe it happened,” Anna Alejandre said. “If young kids have problems, talk to their parents; don’t keep it to themselves. The only friends our children have are their parents. Their parents are their friends.”

The Alejandres will sell homemade asada tacos and beverages from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at McBean Park’s playground area. McBean Park is at 65 McBean Park Drive.

“I hope we get a big turnout because it’s to help the family pay for funeral costs,” Anna Alejandre said.

For more information about Sunday’s fundraiser, call the Alejandres at 645-3477.  

To find out more about the community outreach plan, e-mail Wyatt at k_wyatt@wildblue.net or Shoni Jones at The News Messenger at messenger@goldcountrymedia.com.