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Family of ice cream vendor killed thanks community for generous donations

For the family of Andres Marin, it is difficult to comprehend how their loved one ended up getting killed in an accident on Milwaukee's South Side.

Marin was on his pedal cart on the corner of Cesar Chavez Drive and Mitchell Avenue, when he was struck by one of two vehicles involved in a crash on May 7th, 2015.

\"This has been very difficult for our family,\" said one of Marin's brothers. \"To lose a brother this way, it's just tragic.\"

Marin is one of 16 siblings. Five of them live in Milwaukee, the rest live in Mexico. He also leaves behind  a wife, two daughters and grandchildren, who all live in his native country.

\"It's horrible for everybody in Mexico, said Marin's nephew, Andres Marin Cervantes. He ended up making the difficult phone call to his uncle's wife to let her know the tragic news.

\"I called last Thursday to explain what happened and she cried a lot asking are you sure... he is dead? are you sure?\" said Marin Cervantes.

That's why it was so important for them to send Marin's body back to Mexico. However, it's an expensive task. The family decided to place donation buckets throughout churches and businesses in the South Side of Milwaukee. Thanks to the help of the community, they raised more than $9,000.

The money collected will help cover the costs of the funeral, the transportation of the body back to Mexico and will also provide money for Marin's wife and daughters, who highly depended on Marin financially.

The family is extremely thankful for the community that came together to help them.

In the meantime, Milwaukee Police say citations are being considered for those involved in the crash. The District Attorney is reviewing the case in the coming weeks.

Both Telemundo Wisconsin and CBS 58 have been following the story. The latest report from the CBS 58 News at 5 is attached.
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