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Readers ask how to help family of killed parents

July 18, 2008 |  4:06 pm

Pedro_davila_and_cecilia_diaz In a news story on Thursday, reporter Molly Hennessy-Fiske illuminated the lives of Cecilia Diaz Vasquez and Pedro Davila, the pedestrians killed Sunday while crossing Wilcox Avenue at Hollywood Boulevard. A suspect who police say drove through a red light has been charged with murder in the case. As the article reported, the couple came to California to "earn money to support their three children, whom they left with grandparents in their hometown in the Mexican state of Veracruz." The piece noted that Vasquez and Davila had been talking to the children on the phone just moments before their deaths.

The day the article appeared in the California section, Hennessy-Fiske was inundated with e-mails from readers who want to donate and help the family. A day later, the reporter says, the offers are still coming in: "I've received a handful of e-mails already this morning, many heartfelt. Some come from people living paycheck to paycheck, others from investment bankers on Grand. Some offer $20, $100, others offer continued payments to help the children. Several mention how dangerous they feel walking the streets of L.A., and say they feel a connection to the couple as fellow pedestrians."

The reporter has been forwarding this information to readers who want to donate:

Helen Leung
Field Deputy
L.A. City Council President Eric Garcetti
5500 Hollywood Blvd., 4th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Field office: (323) 957-4500; City Hall office: (213) 473-7013

helen.leung@lacity.org

Photo: Cecilia Diaz Vasquez and Pedro Davila.

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