beats headphoned Mother stunned to find son’s friends charged in his death
SAGINAW, MI A Saginaw mother is in disbelief that her son is dead and two of his friends are in jail charged in connection with his fatal shooting.
Manuel Hernandez Jr., 22, was shot to death Jan. 3 on Union between Mason and Durand.
“I put them in the obituary as his brothers, but I think I’m going to take them off,” she said. “I can’t believe they did this to my baby. I love them boys, though.”
Hogan is charged with an open count of murder and Warren is charged with acting as an accessory after the fact. They were arraigned Friday, along with four others. He did not elaborate.
Guerrero, who is disabled, said that she can’t afford funeral expenses for her son.
“They won’t even bury him until I can pay,” she said.
Through teary eyes she gazed at his photos scattered over the kitchen table next to a white poster board. She plans to make a memorial collage. She isn’t sure if she’ll use one with her son pictured with one of his friends now charged in his death.
A GoFundMe account, titled Fundraiser for Mannie Hernandez, has been set up by Ricky De La Cruz to help pay funeral expenses.
De La Cruz, cousin of Hernandez, said it is tough to watch Guerrero grieve over her son’s death and just wants to help her out any way possible.
“We don’t want to cry in front of her, but we have to cry inside,” De La Cruz said. “That’s so unfair to her that they took her only son.”
Guerrero feels alone, she said.
“But I believe he is going to come back for me because Mannie wouldn’t leave me like this,” she said.
Lived for his music and his child
For Christmas, Hernandez, an aspiring rapper, received Beats by Dre headphones and a microphone from his mother. She now hopes to give him a nice funeral and proper burial.
“This is the last thing that I can do for him,” she said.
De La Cruz said his cousin, whom he often referred to as “Little Mannie,” lived for music and his 3 year old son.
“On his YouTube channel, he always talked about his son in his music,” De La Cruz said.
In the introduction of one video titled “I Hate Writing Music,” Hernandez stands in the mirror with his son while trying to teach him basic words like “baby” before asking him where his belly and hair were.
In the song that follows, he says, “I wonder what my son doing? There I go again about to make myself lose it.”
(Warning: Graphic language and references to drug use)
According to De La Cruz, Hernandez didn’t get to see his son often because of a strained relationship with the child’s mother.