Texas restaurant serves Friday the win to the family of the teenager killed in a hit-and-run: ‘She had a heart of gold’

Rai-ane Garza was killed in a hit-and-run on Tuesday. She was 16 years old.

(Kimberly Castillo Lawson)

An Italian restaurant in Texas is donating 100 percent of the Friday profits to the family of a 16-year-old girl who was killed earlier this week in a hit-and-run.

The profit of the Pasta Company two locations in Corpus Christi will help Rai-ane Garza’s family to pay for the teenager’s funeral expenses, the restaurant announced.

“Our community has suffered the loss of a King in high School and the hospitalization of another this week,” Pasta Company in Corpus Christi wrote on Facebook. “Come and support this great cause and let’s continue to pray for the student in the hospital and both families.”

A representative for the Pasta Company could not be reached for comment when approached by Fox News.

The high school junior was killed after a driver fatally struck her Tuesday outside of King high School. Garza walked with friends for an after-school snack when the incident occurred, Kimberly Castillo, Lawson, Garza’s cousin, told Fox News. Garza is the 15-year-old friend, Madi, was also affected by the driver and was transported to a hospital in critical condition, she said.

Rai-ane Garza (right) poses with her friend Madi (left) for their school’s homecoming dance.

(Kimberly Castillo Lawson)

Lawson said that she and her family are grateful for all the support they have received from the Corpus Christi community.

“We are very grateful for the community. We are grieving, but we are also witness how everyone comes together in her name and we are just grateful for that,” she said.

Lawson, who also manage a fund-raiser for Garza’s funeral, said that she could tell that her younger cousin had a “heart of gold” from the moment she was born, add to that the 16-year-old was ” still our baby, but was still a prominent woman in her own right.

Rai-ane Garza loved to sing, her cousin said.

(Kimberly Castillo Lawson)

She has particularly enjoyed the singing, Lawson said, adding that Garza, who celebrated her sweet sixteen in November, was a part of her high school choir.

“She could sing before she could talk,” said Lawson. “She taught to sing ‘Ready to Run’ by the Dixie Chicks.”

The alleged driver, later identified as 42-year-old Elton Wayne Holmes, Jr., was arrested shortly after the incident, but was bonded out of jail Wednesday on a $100,000 bail. According to The Caller Times Holmes is back in jail Thursday night after he allegedly violated the conditions of his release. He is now being held without bail.

“If we can change the circumstances that we’d rather our baby,” said Lawson. “But we continue to say that we all do this for her.”

Pasta Company in Corpus Christi is located on 5630 Saratoga Blvd and at 128 S. Staples St. in Carmel Village.

Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @MaddieFarberUDK.

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