BELTON, TX — A community surrounds a Belton family after a teen’s life comes to a tragic end after an asthma attack.
Esmay Lopez, 13, died after an asthma attack while playing with her brothers on Oct. 4.
“Esmay was the light of our family. Every time she walked into the room, she was sure to put a smile on everyone’s face. No matter how bad of a day you were having,” said Sarah Lopez, Esmay’s aunt.
A benefit to help raise funds for her final expenses was held Sunday at the Expo Quick Stop from 1-5 p.m. Hundreds came out for a day of food, games, music and most importantly, to share memories of a young girl taken far too soon.
“To look around, and take it all in. The people that come out from everywhere, it’s amazing. I appreciate them all, from the bottom of my heart,” said Richard Lopez, Esmay’s father.
“Everybody from Temple to Belton, Waco to Killeen, have really come together as far as helping us as a community. For donations, to be there for us, to provide for us, to pray for us, to have a shoulder to cry on, we really do appreciate everyone for coming together,” said Sarah Lopez.
There are several ways to make a donation.
A GoFundMe page has been set up for Esmay's family, and will stay open for the next week. Donations can also be dropped off at the Expo Quick Stop in Belton.