NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – The family of a bodega worker who was fatally shot on a city bus in Brooklyn last week is getting some help from an industry group.
The Bodega Association of the United States announced it is giving $5,000 to the family of Angel Rojas.
Authorities say Rojas, 39, was killed Thursday night while riding an MTA bus in Bedford-Stuyvesant. He was a bystander and not the intended target, according to police.
Rojas, a father of two, was killed after the suspect opened fire on a crowded B15 bus.
A 14-year-old boy has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder in connection with the shooting.
The teen – Kathon Anderson – is also charged with criminal possession of a weapon and criminal use of a firearm, police said. He has been ordered held without bail.
Investigators suspect the incident was a dispute between two gangs.
Sources said Anderson was sitting in the back of the bus when his intended target boarded. Anderson allegedly stood, and without saying a word fired once and struck Rojas, authorities said.
Relatives say Rojas came to the United States four years ago from the Dominican Republic with his wife and two children.
“He lived for us and he worked for his,” Rojas’ wife Maria said in Spanish. “He was a good man that didn’t hurt anyone.”
Maria Rojas said she wants her husband buried in the Dominican Republic.
A grand jury will hear Anderson’s case this coming week.
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