By MORGAN MANNS
FOR THE COURIER
FOSTORIA — The family of Fostoria homicide victim Janelle Mauricio will host a benefit in her name Friday.
The benefit will begin at 6 p.m. at The Grooveline, 300 N. Main St., for adults and at 6 p.m. at Laura’s All American Cafe, 224 N. Main St., for children up to the age of 18.
A 2011 graduate of Fostoria High School, Mauricio, 20, died May 21 from gunshot wounds inflicted when she and her boyfriend, Caleb Barto, 19, were assaulted at their 218 E. Culbertson St. residence.
According to officials, Barto was treated and released from ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Three teens have been charged in connection with Mauricio’s death.
All proceeds from Friday’s benefit will go toward funeral expenses for Mauricio, whose services are today at 10:30 a.m. at St. Wendelin Catholic Church. Any additional funds will either be placed into a scholarship or donated to other local families in need.
“This is one way to honor her,” Shelly Garcia, Mauricio’s aunt, said of the benefit. “It was a senseless act for this to happen. It shouldn’t have happened. … (The benefit) is a way to show people that she was loved.”
Spearheaded by Garcia and her husband Jesse, the benefit will have an all-you-can-eat nacho and taco bar. In addition, there will be a 50/50 drawing and raffles. Prizes include Cedar Point tickets, Mud Hens tickets, gift cards to various local businesses and more.
Galan Sound will provide musical entertainment at the Grooveline for the evening. A $5 donation is requested at the door.
Admission for children at Laura’s All American Cafe is $1. The restaurant’s menu will be available for dinner purchases.
Garcia said Pat Roddy of Grooveline, Brad and Kelly Easter of Laura’s Cafe, and Ed Galan and Lisa Rentira of Galan Sound are donating their services for the event.
“If we come together and help the family by taking a burden off of burial costs and funeral expenses, it’s just one less thing they have to worry about,” Garcia said. “They can concentrate on healing.”