Tragedy leads to awareness


IMPERIAL, Calif.- A Brawley family is still dealing with the loss of their son after he was killed more than two years ago. They’re taking this opportunity to help other potential victims of abuse.  An organization was set up to honor  seventeen year old Martin Garza. The Brawley High School student was killed by a gang member at a party in El Centro on January 5, 2013. Yulil Alonso-Garza, Martin’s mother, says they wanted to make sure the life of their son would always be remembered.

“The organization started as a result of the tragic event that happened after our son was stabbed and killed” said Alonso-Garza.

Mothers and Men against Gangs Coalition, or MAG for short, was created to help prevent the youth from being involved in gangs as well as to put a stop to violence throughout the community. Garza says this organization has helped her and her family cope with their son’s death. MAG has put together many events throughout the Imperial Valley to bring anti-gang and violence awareness. Just recently Imperial Valley College joined forces with the organization .

“We are coming together to put in effect a resolution that enables us to formally work together.”

Alonso-Garza hopes that more associations will join her to help inform and educate the community on gang brutality.  MAG Coalition is hosting  their Sneaker Ball event; this will be the second year they host the event in hopes to not only raise funds, but also to kick start the National Victim’s Right’s week.


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