$10,000 gift for relatives of slain man to be delivered Gift is for victim's widow, 5 children in El Salvador

December 18, 1998|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The mayor of Laurel is expected to announce today that

$10,000 will be given to the family of Gilberto Hernandez, the Salvadoran immigrant who was beaten and kicked to death in September.

Mayor Frank P. Casula, who began a memorial fund for Hernandez's widow and five children, who live in San Vicente, El Salvador, said the money will be delivered to the family next week by the Rev. Brian Jordan, a Franciscan priest and a member of Maryland Advisory Committee for New Americans.

"This is Christmastime, in which we show support for those in need," Casula said. "The prayers of the city of Laurel are with the Hernandez family both in El Salvador and here in Maryland."

Hernandez was attacked and beaten Sept. 8 while on his way home from his job as a dishwasher at the Four Seasons Buffet.

Three teen-agers pleaded guilty in October to murder and assault.

Seven Laurel teen-agers initially were charged with murder and assault in the killing, but Prince George's County State's Attorney Jack B. Johnson dropped the charges against four of them because of lack of evidence.

Pub Date: 12/18/98

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