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Fund set up for family of good Samaritan

Posted: November 4, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: November 4, 2011 1:55 a.m.

A memorial fund was set up Thursday for the family of a good Samaritan shot and killed Monday after he stepped up to help a robbery victim.

The fund is set up in the name of Alejandro Torres, identified by friends as the man who intervened Monday afternoon when several youths began attacking another man in the parking lot of a Canyon Country strip mall.

County officials have yet to officially confirm the identity of the deceased man and are trying reach his family.

“We haven’t yet reached his next of kin,” Lt. Fred Corral of the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner said Thursday.

The victim is officially identified by the coroner only as a 31-year-old Hispanic man, he said.

But friends who gathered where Torres was shot this week said they have no doubt who paid the ultimate price for coming to the aid of someone in trouble.

Alejandro “Alex” Torres was a kind, spiritual father who read the Bible with them and who was frequently accompanied by his 6-year-old son, they said.

Although the victim’s family remains elusive, some Santa Clarita Valley residents moved to action by news of his courage say they want to help his son and family.

“My family and I wanted to know if the family of the shooting victim is accepting donations to help with funeral costs or for the young son he left behind? I haven’t heard anything in the numerous reports on this story,” said one woman contacting The Signal by email.

Gabriela Lyons, whose sister works near the site where the shooting occurred, also wants to help.

“My sister works for a chiropractor in the strip mall where the shooting occurred,” she wrote in an email to The Signal.

“It’s not unusual for her children to drop by after school.

“I, too, frequently stop by with my kids as well, so something tragic like what happened to Alex could easily have happened to one of us.

“The thought that trying to do the right thing could cost someone their life is terrifying and gives me pause,” she wrote.

“That is why we felt the need to inquire if in our own small way we could offer our support to his family, especially his young son.

“I would like his family to know how grateful we are that he was not afraid to help his fellow man, and that he is a hero in our eyes for standing up to this evil.”

Three 17-year-olds were in custody for shooting Torres and another man during an apparent robbery at the Canyon Country shopping center on Soledad Canyon Road east of Sierra Highway about 3 p.m. Monday.

Torres came to the aid of the robbery victim, who was shot in the leg but was expected to survive.

Since all three suspects are juveniles, detectives are not releasing their names.

Anyone wishing to help the slain man’s family can donate to the Alejandro Torres Memorial Fund and mailed to: Bank of Santa Clarita, 23780 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia. CA 91355.


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