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Families of three refugees killed in car crash ask for donations

Posted at 9:21 PM, May 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-30 00:21:50-04

Three refugee families in Tucson are mourning the death of their loved ones.

Fabrice Matabazi, Azizah Mahoro and Patrick Habineza were three Congolese refugees living in Tucson. They were killed in a car accident on their way to Phoenix earlier this month. According to friends of the family, the victims were all between 17 and 22 years old and had recently resettled in the Old Pueblo. 

The three families are now mourning the death of their loved ones but are also struggling to pay for the funeral services of their loved ones. "They don't have that money, we are worried about them not having enough money for food and rent," Executive Director of Iskashitaa Refugee Network Barbara Eiswerth said. She says the families don't speak english and are making minimum wage, which makes it practically impossible to pay for the funeral services. "They came here with debt, they're still trying to pay back the money borrowed for their plane tickets to get here. 

A fundraiser was held at La Cocina near Downtown, where 10% of the proceeds would be donated to the family. 

Here is the schedule for the funeral of the three young people on Wednesday:

Viewing from 10 a.m.-11 a.m/ Service from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. at Seventh Day Adventist Church at 1200 E. Santa Rosa Avenue.
Burial Services: 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. at All Saints​ Cemetery 

Click here to make a donation to the family.