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The GoFundMe set up for Tomas “Jose” Mejia, who was killed while on duty as a janitor for Park La Brea apartments, surpassed its $20,000 goal. 

According to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), Mejia was stabbed by a 17-year-old suspect when he refused to give up his janitorial keys, allowing access to the apartment buildings. The suspect is currently in police custody. 

The GoFundMe was set up by Alejandra Valles, a fellow union member. Underneath the fundraiser, she writes, “He died as he lived, as a protector and hero. Tomas is survived by his wife and children. He was the sole provider for his family who asked his union to set up this page to help them through this difficult time.”

Valles goes on to talk about his contributions to his union as a member of their executive board, as well as his contributions to uplifting members of his community. 

“Tomas dedicated his life to protecting working people,” writes Valles. “He was a Peer-to-Peer advocate in the Ya Basta Center, also known as a Compadre; who fought against patriarchy, sexual violence, domestic violence, and the dangers that immigrant workers face on the night shift as janitors.”

The proceeds of the fundraiser will go towards his funeral costs and supporting his wife and children. 

Mejia was a valued member of his union and community. The comments on the GoFundMe page are filled with pain, gratitude and stories from people of all walks of life. 

Scriberr reached out to LAPD, La Brea apartments, the SEIU and the organizer of Mejia’s GoFundMefor comment. No response was made. 

Written ByCynthia Zelaya

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