ROCKWALL – A benefit fund has been set up at American National Bank in behalf of the three Aguilar children, who no longer have a mother or father, and need all the help they can get from the community.
Their mother, Jessica Aguilar, was shot and killed by her ex-boyfriend in a parking lot at The Harbor Saturday night after seeing a movie with a male companion, who was also shot and is recovering at a Dallas hospital. The family just moved to Rockwall in 2011, when their mother purchased a house south of the Walmart Neighborhood Market.
Their father died about nine years ago in an accident.
The children are 18-year-old Jaime Puente and 17-year-old Araceli Puente, both Rockwall High School students, and Marisol Puente, who is nine.
To donate, just contact any American National Bank and tell them you want to donate to the Aguilar children’s account or fund. You can donate online or in person at any American National Bank, which has several locations in Rockwall County. The main bank is located at the intersection of Ridge and Horizon Roads. A service for texting donations is also expected to be set up soon.
According to their new guardian, Aguilar’s oldest sister, Isabel Aguilar, the family is still in shock and needs all the help they can get. She and her husband have five children of their own and live in Rowlett, inside Rockwall County, where he owns a construction company.
Rockwall Helping Hands will supply food, water, personal items and help pay at least a portion of the utility bills for both families. Family members say they also have received the maximum limit of $4,500 from the State’s Crime Victim’s Compensation Fund to help pay for funeral expenses. All crime victims are entitled to financial assistance from the fund.
The private funeral is scheduled tomorrow for family and invited friends only.
The Rockwall-based, national non-profit, Americans Ending Abuse, is helping the Aguilar family through its support services division. The group’s mission is to protect women and children from abuse and support abuse victims.
The founder and president of the group is J.J. Smith, publisher of the Rockwall News, and a survivor of family violence. Board members include State Sen. Bob Deuell, Rockwall attorney John Browning and Advisory Board member Rockwall Co. Criminal District Attorney Kenda Culpepper.
By J.J. Smith, Publisher