The family of 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez wants to make sure people remember the murdered Palmdale boy with a mural in downtown Los Angeles that will serve as a remembrance to abused children.
- The family of eight-year-old Gabriel Fernandez wants to make sure that people remember the murdered eight-year-old. They want a mural in downtown LA to serve as a remembrance to abuse children. Eyewitness News reporter Carlos Granda talked to Gabriel's family.
CARLOS GRANDA: The story of eight-year-old Gabriel Fernandez shocked people around the world. Months of torture and abuse by his own mother and her boyfriend. Gabriel died in May of 2013.
EMILY CARANZA: Oh, it's been hard. But we get a lot of love and support from a lot of people around the world. I'm getting messages from Holland, from France, from everywhere. He has touched so many people out there. And he's just our little angel that keeps us going.
CARLOS GRANDA: Gabriel's family and others now want a mural to remember him. This is the image they would like to use, Gabriel with wings, like an angel.
OLIVIA RUBIO: We want him to be the face that represents the child abuse and that other children should be saved.
CARLOS GRANDA: There is a mural in Palmdale. But the family says they're trying to work with the board of supervisors to get this new mural somewhere in Los Angeles. They say it will cost between $6,000 $11,000. They're also trying to find an artist who can work on the image and show how special Gabriel was.
CHERIE KIYOMURA: We would definitely want an artist that knows Gabriel's story, that's going to do it with heart and love to honor Gabriel.
CARLOS GRANDA: The family says the image will also be a reminder that, despite the warning signs of abuse, the Department of Children and Family Services made some very big mistakes.
OLIVIA RUBIO: He fell through the cracks. Even though he was-- people were actually there trying to help him, they didn't give him the help that he needed.
CARLOS GRANDA: And they would like it to be a place where others can come to remember any child who is the victim of abuse. John Hatami was the prosecutor on the case and is a strong advocate for children.
JOHN HATAMI: A safe place where everybody can come, and show their condolences, and think about everything that's happened to children in Los Angeles.
CARLOS GRANDA: The family will have a fundraiser next month. They plan to sell food, drinks, and t-shirts and also have a raffle to make this dream of a mural a reality.