Dozens said goodbye on Monday to Angel Rojas, the husband and father of two young children who was shot to death on a city bus.
"Today was one of the hardest days for them. It's the realization that it's true. I think that’s what they’ve been thinking, I think they keep waiting for him,” said Rojas’ cousin Josie Guerrero.
Rojas moved to New York City from the Dominican Republic four years ago.
"He wanted to give them a better life,” said Guerrero.
The 39-year-old was working two jobs at two bodegas, going from one to the other on a city bus Thursday when he was shot and killed.
Police say the shooter got on the B15 and opened fire at the intersections of Lafayette Avenue and Marcus Garvey Boulevard.
Investigators believe 14-year-old Kahton Anderson fired the 357 revolver in a gang dispute and Rojas was not the intended target. The teen faces charges including second degree murder.
"That's the part that is most shocking to me that it's a 14-year-old. They robbed two children of their father,” said Guerrero.
Friends and community members donated money at the funeral to help with the education for the now fatherless 12-year-old boy and 8-year-old girl.
Their mother, Rojas' widow says she wants their tragedy to move the city to better educate all children with more programs geared towards preventing delinquency.
Rojas' family couldn't afford the funeral so the Bodega Association, the National Supermarket Association, a congressman from the Dominican Republic and JetBlue have all helped pay for that and plane tickets for family members to go back to the Dominican Republic where Rojas will be laid to rest on Wednesday.