Station Tavern hosts Gonzalez fundraiser

Ryan Johnson

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Station Tavern & Grill in South Park donated a portion of its sales on Nov. 10 to the family of Diana Gonzalez, the City College student who was found dead on campus Oct. 12.

The popular bar and grill made a donation from each sale and also took cash donations as part of the three-hour fundraiser.

About $560 was raised in cash and $1,135 in checks to help the family pay legal fees and funeral expenses and to attempt to adopt Crystal, Gonzalez’s 10-month-old daughter.

Beatriz Luna, Diana’s cousin, spoke on behalf of the family and thanked all in attendance for their support and donations.

“Our family felt very blessed to witness so many people coming together with the desire
to help,” Luna said.

“There was a tremendous amount of support and sympathy from others, which gives us strength to continue fighting the battle against domestic violence and a system that fails to protect its most noble citizens,” added Luna.

Many students, faculty and friends of the slain student joined many members of the Gonzalez family- including her parents, sister and daughter.

The fundraiser was organized by campus groups Visionary Feminists and Bringing Education and Activism Together (BEAT).

“I was so honored to be part of such a wonderful community who refuses to tolerate domestic violence and who came out tonight to show their support for a family who is so deserving of our efforts,” said Larissa Dorman, BEAT’s adviser.

“We hope to keep (Gonzalez’s) story alive and continue to apply pressure to the (district attorney’s) office,” Dorman said.

The San Diego District Attorney’s office said it lacked sufficient evidence to file charges against Diana’s estranged husband, Armando Gabriel Perez, after Diana reported that he kidnapped, raped and assaulted her over a three-day period September.

To make a donation to the Gonzalez family contact Cabrillo Credit Union, use account #19370700.

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