Local Salina businesses hosting fundraiser for El Paso victims

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SALINA, Kan. (KAKE) -

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Over a hundred people rallied together this afternoon in support of the Coca and Garcia families. Community members were shocked to hear of the tragedy, but they weren't surprised with the huge turn-out today. 

"And the community, we all just come together and take care of our own," says Donna Townsein, a regular at "The Voo."

Jessica Garcia and her husband Memo were shot outside an El Paso Walmart a few weeks ago. They're still in the hospital recovering from their injuries. Jessica's parents, Don and Norma Coca, are regulars at "The Voo" and "Rooster's Tavern" in Salina. The owners immediately felt called to help their friends when they heard the devastating news. 

 "When tragedy strikes somebody like that, it's nice to know you have people in the community that will be there for you," says Darcy Brown, Co-Owner of "The Voo." "Everybody's really supportive and we just want to do what we can to help this family that's been through such a horrible tragedy," says Mary Graves, Owner of "Rooster's Tavern."

We talked to Norma Coca, earlier this week., she's  still in Texas taking care of her grandchildren while her daughter and son in law heal. She's overwhelmed with the support from her community, "there's just no words  for us to say how thankful we are for this because it's been a really hard struggle."

Donna Townsein says the Coca and Garcia families have become like her family, "they've got all of us. All they have to do is make a phone call and we are there for them and just lots of prayers going out to the family." 

If you were unable to attend the fundraiser and still want to donate to the family, you can donate to their Go Fund Me page. 


A former Salina couple shot during last weekends mass shooting in El Paso are getting support from home. The Salina community wants to give back and help the family and host a fundraiser this weekend.

"The Voo" and "Rooster's Tavern" in Salina announced on Facebook they will be hosting a fundraiser complete with a taco bar and a baked potato bar. 

Matt Stewart owns "The Voo," a bar and grill in Salina. When he heard his neighbor's daughter, Jessica Garcia and her husband Memo were shot outside an El Paso Walmart, he was stunned, "small world. I think that is what everybody would say. Small world." 

The Garcia's are still in the hospital recovering from their injuries. Jessica is in a wheelchair most of the time and uses a walker to assist here when walking. Memo was in a medically induced coma, but now he is off the medicine and remains asleep. 

Stewart immediately felt called to help his friends, who've become like family, "I mean that's simple. I don't think there's anything else to it other than they are our friends and we wanted to help." 

KAKE News talked to Norma Coca, Jessica's mother, she's still in Texas taking care of her grandchildren while her daughter and son-in-law heal, "there's just no words for us to say how thankful we are for this because it's been a really hard struggle ."

Coca is overwhelmed by the support, but she's still left with one question. Why? "Like my daughter said, all she wants is for there not to be anymore hate. We're all the same. We all breathe the same, we all bleed the same." 

Norma and Don are regulars at "The Voo," everyone knows them.  "We love you and you're in our prayers," says Richard Thompson, a regular at "The Voo." 

Stewart says "The Voo" will also donate $500 to the family, "they've given so much to us. And they've just been such good people to us that we've got to do it." 

The fundraiser will be held at "The Voo" in Salina this Saturday from 2 p.m. until 10 p.m. There will be food, an auction and prizes with the funds going to the Coca and Garcia families. 

If you are unable to attend the fundraiser and still want to donate to the family, you can donate to their Go Fund Me page.