Poudre drowning victim families seek public help to pay for memorial services

The Poudre River was running out of its banks in places Monday, May 26, 2014

The Poudre River was running out of its banks in places Monday, May 26, 2014

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GREELEY, Colo. — The family of the Greeley teen who drowned in the Poudre River Memorial Day has turned to the boy’s college fund to help pay for a funeral.

Christopher Alania, 14, drowned in the Poudre River Monday while fishing and camping with his family. His 38-year-old uncle, Jose Terrel, also fell victim to the rapidly moving waters of the river after he jumped in to rescue Alania.

Kayakers found the boy’s body at about 4:30 p.m. Monday, eight miles south and east of where the teen fell into the river.

LINK: 2 drown in raging in Poudre River while fishing Memorial Day

Wednesday morning, the families of the two victims told Coloradan that on top of mourning the loss of their loved ones they are struggling to come up with the money to pay for proper memorial services.

Terrel came to America from Peru in 2001, and works on a ranch near Greeley in order to provide for his wife and 4-month-old baby. The rest of his family still resides in Peru, and is contemplating how to raise the $20,000-plus needed to bring his body back to his home country for a funeral, reported the Fort Collins newspaper.

Strapped for cash, the families have turned to the local community to help cover funeral expenses.

Donations for either the Jose Terrel Memorial Fund or the Christopher Alania Memorial Fund can be made at any Wells Fargo Branch.

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