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Community groups set up fund for families of six killed in nitrogen leak
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Candles and flowers are left along Centennial Drive near Foundation Food Group Friday, Jan. 29, 2021, in memory of the six who died from a nitrogen leak at the plant. - photo by Scott Rogers

A group of local businesses, churches and organizations created a fund to help the families of the six people killed in the Jan. 28 nitrogen leak at Foundation Food Group in Gainesville.

Art Gallegos Jr., president of the Latinos Conservative Organization, said the account was the “Gainesville Families Victims Hope Fund” to “recognize the contributions and sacrifices of poultry workers and their families.”

“We are one community that has come together in the (midst) of a tragedy,” according to a flier announcing the fund. “Please help in any way you may be able to.”

Those six people were: 

  • Jose DeJesus Elias-Cabrera, 45, of Gainesville 

  • Corey Alan Murphy, 35, of Clermont  

  • Nelly Perez-Rafael, 28, of Gainesville  

  • Saulo Suarez-Bernal, 41, of Dawsonville  

  • Victor Vellez , 38, of Gainesville  

  • Edgar Vera-Garcia, 28, of Gainesville

Gallegos said it was created by a collaboration of local businesses, churches and organizations including Latinos Conservative Organization, The Door Church, Iglesia Refugio de Salvacion, Supermercado Los Carrillos No. 2, Camille Viera Services, Lighthouse Business Center

How to help:

What: Gainesville Families Victims Hope Fund

Peach State Bank & Trust, 325 Washington St., Gainesville

An account number was not available as of press time.

For more information, call 678-614-5011

In a separate effort, Hispanic Alliance-GA was able to give $4,000 per family. Executive Director Vanesa Sarazua said Monday, Feb. 15, that five families were able to pick up the check last week, and they are hoping to hand the check to the final family.

“We had individuals and churches and a couple of corporations give us money to be able to do that,” Sarazua said. “We are so thankful, because these people have not received anything from anyone.”

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