BROOKLYN, N.Y. — A Brooklyn, N.Y. family is unable to pay for their heroic son's funeral, but a local neighborhood association is raising money to cover the costs.
Jhordan Caballero, an 18-year-old who immigrated to from Peru five years ago, saved his 8-year-old brother, Renzo, from a blaze at their home, according to the New York Daily News. Caballero then returned to the flaming building to help a 61-year-old woman still on the first floor.
Firefighters rescued the women, but the teen was overcome by smoke and died while being rushed to Coney Island Hospital.
Now his family is struggling to pay for his funeral.
“They don’t have the money to bury their son,” Claudia Escoto, a family friend, told the Daily News. “They’ve been going to funeral homes trying to find the most economical way.”
But the Brighton Neighborhood Association, which oversees the area where the teen’s family lived, is working to help pay for the memorial.
“It’s tragic at 18 to lose your life like this, but he did God’s work,” Pat Singer, who is with the Brighton Neighborhood Association, told the Daily News. Singer is coordinating the fundraising effort. “We’re getting the word out. I just got two checks hand-delivered to me at home.”
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