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March 27, 2014

Friends rally to raise money for bereaved family

Friends are working today and Saturday to raise money to help the family of slain security guard Bruno Rodriguez cover his funeral expenses.

Dalton police say Rodriguez, 28, was shot to death by 20-year-old Orlando Ramirez shortly before 1 a.m. on Sunday outside Las Delicias nightclub on Morris Street when guards refused to let Ramirez inside because of his age. Ramirez has been charged with murder and two counts of aggravated assault and has a bond hearing scheduled for this morning.

Friends of Rodriguez are rallying around the family of the man they say died a hero trying to protect others in the shooter’s path.

A car wash will be all day today and Saturday at Rsen’s Car Wash at 615 E. Morris St. There will be an auction, food and opportunities for supporters to purchase T-shirts or plastic bracelets in memory of Rodriguez. Friends will also have photo pages on hand for individuals to share their memories about Rodriguez. The pages will be compiled into a scrapbook for the family, said friend and fundraiser organizer LeeAnn Jones.

There is a minimum $10 donation for the T-shirts and a $1 donation for the bracelets. They will also be available at The Spiced Apple and J&D Auto Sales where Rodriguez previously worked.

“All the money is going to his family,” Jones said.

Rodriguez’s funeral was Thursday.

Alvaro Acosta, who works at Las Delicias, said the nightclub is also helping put on the weekend fundraiser. Rodriguez’s brother, Alfonso, said his younger sibling had worked there only a few months to help make ends meet while also working a construction job.

Acosta said Bruno Rodriguez was “practically family.”

“He was very, very loved,” Acosta said, adding that most Las Delicias employees are still shaken up and not quite ready to talk publicly about what happened.

Friends and family have described Rodriguez as a hard worker who would assist anyone who needed help. Police have said Rodriguez tried to tackle Ramirez when Ramirez began shooting and was shot during the scuffle.

Ramirez and three others charged in connection with the shooting are scheduled for bond hearings before Judge David Blevins today at 9 a.m. in Whitfield County Superior Court. Juvencio Vega-Garcia, 20, and Fernando Antonio Resendiz, 21, both of Whitfield County, are charged with being homicide accessories to the crime. Ramirez’s girlfriend, Alexa Jiminez, 18, of Dalton, is charged with hindering the apprehension or punishment of a criminal.

According to police, Ramirez was on the run for almost two days before law enforcement officers caught up to him at an apartment complex in Marietta.

For more information on Rodriguez, visit facebook.com/BrunoRodriguezMemorialAuction or facebook.com/BrunoRodriguezMemorial. Jones can be reached at (706) 618-4189.

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