In the wake of the death of 32-year-old Eric Romero, the victim of a deadly assault on July 20 in downtown Carpinteria, the family has set up a GoFundMe account to raise money for Romero’s two young children, Mercedes, 9, and Bentley, 1.

Emily Arnbrister, a close friend of the children’s mother, Lindsay Morrison, organized the fundraiser for the children on the mother’s request. The goal is to raise $5,000.    

“By now the town has heard the news of Eric Romero’s passing on July 23, 2019,” writes Arnbrister on GoFundMe, “His death was unprecedented and completely unexpected. He leaves behind two children. His daughter Mercedes who is nine and his son Bentley who is only a year old will have to continue life without their father. Bentley is going to grow up with only the shared memories provided of his father, and Mercedes is suffering from knowing the loss of her dad.

“Mercedes is currently attending Mount Carmel private school (on a scholarship) and is a great student academically. Bentley and Mercedes are being well-loved and taken care of by his mother and grandmother.”

To donate to the fund for Romero’s children, visit gofundme.com and search “Eric Romero Children Carpinteria.”

Remembering Eric Romero

Throughout Carpinteria, in a memorial outside Carpinter’s Church and on social media, friends and family of Eric Romero are remembering the person they’ve lost.

Romero’s older brother, Jerry, described Romero as a good-hearted person who was always looking to help others. His brother recalled that he once saved the life of a friend, and in his final moments, Romero saved six lives by donating his organs. “If you were cold, he would give you his shirt,” said Jerry.

Romero was great with his children, according to their mother, Lindsay Morrison. “He always wanted to do something fun with them.” His brother noted how he loved the whole community and could make friends with a rock, “he loved life.”

Over the years, Romero had been employed at Danny’s Deli—where he was known to be a legendary sandwich maker—and more recently, at Paragon Builders and Village Pool Supply. He was an avid pool player and captain of the pool league in Carpinteria and Santa Barbara.  

The family will hold services at St. Joseph Catholic Church, with a rosary on Aug. 8, from 4 to 8 p.m., and a mass and funeral on Aug. 9, beginning at 10 a.m. Food will be provided. Attendees who would like to help are asked to bring drinks or to pitch in with the set up or cleaning after.

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