MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A Montgomery family is grief-stricken as they mourn the loss of their 13-year-old daughter, who was murdered in a drive-by shooting on Thursday.
Police say the shots went through the front window of their home on East Park Avenue, fatally striking Maribel Barrera.
"It was Spring Break, she was staying up late watching TV late on a day when she didn't have school, just like all kids do," explained Pastor Alan Cross, Global Urban Strategist with the Montgomery Baptist Association. "This was a senseless act of violence that happened and took a young life that had a lot of promise. It's affected a lot of people."
Cross is helping coordinate outreach and donations following Barrera's death. The need for this family is great.
"The family is devastated," Cross said. "They need financial support for burial expenses. This is not a wealthy family. We have started a fund with The Montgomery Baptist Association where people can give to help with the burial expenses, the trip back to Mexico."
Maribel was a student at Capitol Heights Middle School. Her teachers say she was a great student who was loved by everyone who knew her. Those teachers have already made donations to help with her burial.
"School teachers and the principal reached out.Maribel made a huge impact on them," Cross stated.
The Barrera family issued this statement:
If you would like to donate to Mirabel's fund, you can send a check or d rop off a donation to:
Montgomery Baptist Association
20 Interstate Park Drive
Montgomery, AL 36109
They are also looking for restaurants who are willing to donate food for Mirabel's funeral service Saturday, April 1, at St. Bede Catholic Church. Any restaurants who would like to offer resources can contact Lisa Rose with the Montgomery Baptist Association at 334-354-3716.