Monday, May 4, 2015

Memorial mass and walk for 6-year-old Camden hero

An anniversary mass and walk will be held Monday for the 6-year-old hero who died last year when he saved his sister's life in a horrific attack.

Memorial mass and walk for 6-year-old Camden hero

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An anniversary mass and walk will be held Monday for the 6-year-old hero who died last year when he saved his sister’s life in a horrific attack.

Dominick Andujar died on Sept. 2 as he tried to defend his 12-year-old sister against a knife-wielding intruder. The man turned the knife on Dominick, slicing his throat and leaving him dead. But Dominick gave the man enough of a struggle that his sister Amber was able to escape and survive.

The last year has been a rollercoaster of emotions for the family. On March 18, Dominick’s family took pizza and cake to the cemetery where he is buried and held a birthday party for him under rain and ice. Dominick would’ve turned 7 that day.

Domick’s mom Debbie Burgos just this month returned to work. It was a tough summer.

“It wasn’t a normal kids summer,” Debbie said Wednesday. “We didn’t have him to do all the things we used to do.”

The family is still awaiting for the trail of Osvaldo Rivera, whom police identified as the Andujar siblings’ attacker. Rivera, 31, was arrested and charged with murder, attempted murder and sexual assault. An indictment is pending.

A memorial mass for Dominick is planned for 10 a.m. Monday at St. Cecilia's Church, 4824 Camden Ave. in Pennsauken.

A walk is set for 11:30 a.m. following the mass. The walk, which is open to the public, will start at 7th and Ware Streets in Camden, where the attacks took place. The family no longer lives there.

About this blog

Allison Steele writes about Camden’s schools, government and businesses. Most importantly, she writes about the city’s residents. She is a former crime reporter who covered the Camden and Philadelphia police departments for the Inquirer. A Philly native, she has been with the Inquirer since 2008.

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