When 6-year-old Maria-Esther Chavez heard the news that Dustin Wakefield, a Castle Rock man, was killed while on vacation in Florida, she said she felt sad and wanted to do something to help his …
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When 6-year-old Maria-Esther Chavez heard the news that Dustin Wakefield, a Castle Rock man, was killed while on vacation in Florida, she said she felt sad and wanted to do something to help his family.
Turning to the traditional method for youths to raise money, Chavez planned a lemonade stand fundraiser over Labor Day weekend. The Clear Sky Elementary student recruited some friends and got to work.
As news of Chavez's efforts to help a local family amid tragedy spread, more than 100 people showed up. Chavez said she was excited to see former teachers, her bus driver, members of the Castle Rock Police Department and cousins of Wakefield.
Dustin Wakefield was shot to death at a restaurant in Miami Beach on Aug. 24. The accused killer is facing charges including second-degree murder.
“This was really sad news,” Chavez said. “I just had this idea and wanted to do it.”
Her efforts were rewarded as the Castle Rock community helped her earn $600 to donate directly to the Wakefield family.
When asked if she might do other fundraisers in the future, Chavez, a first-grader, said the success from this cause has her thinking about it.
Proud dad David Chavez, said his daughter will be meeting with members of the Wakefield family later to give them a check.
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