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Dinner to benefit families of Fremont bar shooting victims

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Martha Quintana and Amber Ruemmele plan benefit dinner Martha Quintana and Amber Ruemmele plan benefit dinner
ELMORE, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Family and friends in Fremont are still mourning the loss of three lives. An off duty officer, a bar tender and a bar patron were killed during a shootout at the Last Call bar over the weekend. After this tragedy, many people are asking what they can do to help.

Two women in particular knew they wanted to do something. It has gotten bigger than they planned, but they say it's the least they can do to help.

Martha Quintana and Amber Ruemmele work with Officer Andy Chavez's mother, Belinda Chavez, at Teaching and Mentoring Communities. When they learned of the incident over the weekend, they didn't want to believe it.

"When I found out, I text everyone saying, 'No, it was not her son.' I didn't want her to go through that pain so it was easy for me to text everyone, 'No, it's not her son. We have it wrong," said Quintana.

But they didn't have it wrong. 28 year old Andy Chavez, 25 year old Daniel Ramierz and 28 year old Ronnie Sanchez were shot and killed at Last Call bar in Fremont. Police arrested and charged Igmidio Mista with their murders. Another victim, 25 year old Ramiro Arreola was wounded.

"It's huge in the community right now. Everyone wants to help out," said Ruemmele.

Together with other co-workers, the women are planning a benefit dinner to take place at the end of April at the Glass City Boardwalk. Funds raised will go to the families of the victims.

"We want to collect pictures to put up so that the community can see that they were a son, they were a father, they were a spouse. They're family. We don't want it to be a sad event, we want it to be a celebration of their lives," said Ruemmele.

Money from a 50/50 raffle will help the surviving victim pay for medical bills. The group also wants to donate a portion of the funds to start a scholarship in Officer Chavez's name.

"We're not just co-workers, we're family. And we just want her to know that we are here for her and there's no words that we can say to her that will ease the pain that she's going through right now, but we just want her to know that we're here for her and if we can help by giving her this support, then that's what we're going to do," said Quintana.

For more information on the benefit visit www.facebook.com/TheChavezRamirezSanchezOrg

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