Community comes together to support victim's 6 children
Updated On: Feb 27 2013 06:13:56 PM EST
Family and friends are gathering Wednesday and Thursday to remember a Palm Coast mother who was shot and killed while working at a gas station.
Zuheily Rosado was working the evening shift at the Mobil Mart on East State Route 100 last Thursday when a man walked in and shot her.
Police are still searching for the gunman.
Meanwhile, the community is coming together to support her six children.
Martha Ortega used to work with Rosado at the Latino Market for years. She set up a memorial for her friend in the place where they joked and laughed.
"We all were like family," Ortega said. "It wasn't, 'She was my coworker.' It was like she was my sister."
IMAGES: Gas station surveillance photos
Surveillance video from last week's killing shows a man cover his face, walk into Rosado's store, draw his gun, fire, then run out.
Ortega remembers when she heard what happened.
"I just, I was very emotional, very emotional because I know she has kids of all ages," Ortega said. "And I can imagine -- how that news was for me -- how that news was for those little kids."
She said the memorial she set up is for them. She hopes the pictures of Rosado surrounded by family will inspire people to help the six children she left behind.
It's been about three years since Rosado last worked here at the Latino Market, but she left a lasting impression on the people she greeted there every day.
Latino Market Owner Alberto Domenich worked with Rosado, too, and says ever since her death, people have been asking how they could help.
"Everybody coming worried about the family, what happened for the baby, for the others, where they go, what they eat," Domenich said. "This is the big thing over here, and everybody want to do something."
So Domenich partnered with Ortega, who helped the family open an account for donations. And he also offered to cater Rosado's funeral free of charge.
"I decide to do that because that's the only way I can help the people," he said. "I don't have money for support, but I can give them dinner, you know?"
It's not just Latino Market stepping in. People have left hundreds of dollars in donations at the gas station where Rosado was killed. And 40 families have signed up to prepare and deliver home-cooked meals to the family.
It's about giving the family more than financial support, but emotional support, too.
Ortega went with Rosado's oldest daughter to the gas station where her mother was killed.
"It was like she was trying to grab her mother," Ortega said. "She hugged the floor. She kissed the floor. And she just wailed in tears, 'I want my mom back. I want my mom back.'"
As this family grieves and looks for justice in their mother's murder, the community hopes their small acts of kindness can help ease the pain and inspire others to help as well.
Investigation, donations and funeral info
Deputies describe the killer as a light-skinned man, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, wearing blue jean pants and a dark T-shirt.
Anyone with information about the killing is asked to call Flagler County Sheriff's Office Detective Mark Moy at 386-586-4801 or Crime Stoppers at 888-277-TIPS. Tipsters can text information by texting "tip231" plus their message to CRIMES (274637). Tipsters to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and could qualify for a reward of up to $5,000.
An account has been set up at Wells Fargo under the name of Zuheily Rosado Memorial Fund. Donations are being accepted at any Wells Fargo branch under account No. 7537414661. Donations can also be sent to the Justice Coalition, 1925 Lane Ave. S., Suite #1 32210 in Zuheily Rosado's name.
Rosado's funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in the chapel of Craig-Flagler Palms Funeral Home at 511 Old Kings Road South in Flagler Beach. Interment will follow at Flagler Palms Memorial Gardens.
The viewing is at the funeral home from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday.
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