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Friends hold car wash to raise money for ETX man's funeral

Friends and family washed cars to raise money for Jimenez's funeral. (Source: KLTV Staff) Friends and family washed cars to raise money for Jimenez's funeral. (Source: KLTV Staff)
Members of the "Tiempos Viejos" car club helped wash cars. (Source: KLTV Staff) Members of the "Tiempos Viejos" car club helped wash cars. (Source: KLTV Staff)
JACKSONVILLE, TX (KLTV) - An East Texas family is searching for answers after their father was found shot to death on a property just a few miles from their home. Family members say Javier Jimenez disappeared in July. He left his house in New Summerfield and never came back.

One week later, people interested in buying a property in Reklaw found Jimenez. Deputies say he was laying in the back of his pickup truck. His death is being investigated as a homicide. Family members are trying to raise money to bury Jimenez.

“We just hate to lose him this way. The family is hurting,” said Fermin Esquivel, Jimenez’s nephew.

Just last week, Jimenez's family was still holding on to hope for their missing dad, but days later they received heartbreaking news. Now, family and friends are coming together to give Jimenez’s family support.

“Seeing a person being kidnapped, missing… and the family hurting and now the result of him being dead. It is hard for the family... We're here trying to raise money for the funeral expenses and trying to help the family out,” said family friend Marty Lara.

Lara organized a car wash with the help of members in his car club.

“Everybody's been donating and doing a lot of good stuff. That's the good thing about Jacksonville… They're coming here to help the community, to help the people in need,” said Lara.

Esquivel says his uncle was a good man who will be greatly missed by many.

“He left two girls behind and my cousin, Christian. They're being strong right now. It's really hard for them to lose their dad like this,” said Esquivel.

He says his family is still painfully searching for answers.

“All we can do is keep going. Hopefully, they catch whoever did this to him so the family will be more in peace,” he said.

Jimenez's friends say they raised a little more than $300 Saturday. They say they are already planning their next event in Jimenez's honor.


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