There is more heartbreak for the family of a 16-year-old boy killed by a hit-and-run driver. Money they raised for his funeral and the last images taken of him were stolen.
Marco Herrera was killed in a collision at 67th Ave and Lower Buckeye on October 13. Monday, Oscar Diaz buried his son, and 3 hours later when he came home he found his home had been broken into.
Diaz had just held a car wash to raise money for Marco's funeral. $3,000 was stolen, along with two cameras and a computer – which contained the known photos of videos taken of Marco.
"They took not just material things, they took part of my heart," says Diaz.
Sometime between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. when the family was gone, thieves broke into the back door. The bedrooms were ransacked.
"I went to my bedroom and saw the whole mess. Immediately I knew they were looking for the money… I hadn't had the chance to put it in the bank."
Jewelry and a PlayStation was also taken from his son's room.
Diaz took out numerous loans to pay for his Marco's funeral. Despite that, what he wants back most is the computer that contains his last memories of his son.
"I feel awful," says Diaz.
Another car wash will be held at the Circle K this Saturday at 47th Ave and Indian School.
As for the hit-and-run, the driver has reportedly turned himself in.