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Car washes this weekend to help family of slain teen

Manny Mejia (left) and Juanita Miranda wash cars Friday to raise money for the family of Ricardo Varela, 15. Varela was killed in a drive-by shooting.

Manny Mejia (left) and Juanita Miranda wash cars Friday to raise money for the family of Ricardo Varela, 15. Varela was killed in a drive-by shooting.

Family and friends of Ricardo Varela washed cars Friday and will wash more Saturday and Sunday to raise money for the slain 15-year-old’s family.

Varela was wounded in a drive-by shooting Sunday at his grandmother’s North Side home. He died Monday. No suspects have been cited and the investigation continues. Varela’s father, a landscape worker, was laid off three days before the shooting.

Gail Leland, coordinator with Homicide Survivors, said the family’s needs include gasoline, food and utilities.

“Some people might be fortunate enough to have money in the bank to carry them through a crisis,” Leland said, “but most people today don’t.”

The Pima County Crime Victims Compensation Program and Homicide Survivors will cover funeral costs but not additional expenses such as flowers and a gravestone. The car washes run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Fast Auto Loan, 3460 S. Sixth Ave.

Juan Varela, 15, washes cars to raise money for the funeral service of his cousin, Ricardo Varela, 15, who was shot in a drive-by shooting on February 3 and died the next day.

Juan Varela, 15, washes cars to raise money for the funeral service of his cousin, Ricardo Varela, 15, who was shot in a drive-by shooting on February 3 and died the next day.

Manny Mejia (left) and Juanita Miranda wash cars to raise money for Ricardo Varela's funeral.

Manny Mejia (left) and Juanita Miranda wash cars to raise money for Ricardo Varela's funeral.

Diane Altamirano (left) and her sister Lisa Varela take a moment to think as they watch family members wash cars.

Diane Altamirano (left) and her sister Lisa Varela take a moment to think as they watch family members wash cars.

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