Family of Drowning Victim Needs Help from Community

June 28, 2011 Updated Jun 28, 2011 at 11:29 PM EDT

By Allen Leight

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June 28, 2011 Updated Jun 28, 2011 at 11:29 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - "I'm trying to get help to bury my daughter," said Roberto Rodriguez, speaking in Spanish with the help of a translator.

Roberto's daughter, 13-year-old Alina Anais Rodriguez, died a Women and Children's Hospital Monday night.

According to police, Alina was swimming with a group at Cazenovia Creek in South Buffalo when one young girl got into trouble.

Alina went in to help her and was able to help the other girl to safety before getting into trouble herself.

Rescuers pulled Alina from the creek about 15 minutes later and were able to resuscitate her, however she died a short-time later.

"They're actually devastated and broken. I mean this was their princess, someone that was attached to them," said Rev. Angel Gauthier, Chaplain for the Buffalo Police and Fire Departments, as well as pastor of Prince of Peace Christian Church in Buffalo.

The Rodriguez family cannot afford to bury their 13-year-old daughter, and are reaching out to the community for help.

"We want to honor her. We want to giver her a celebration....of her life," said Roberto.

Anyone who would like to help with the burial of 13-year-old Alina can send a donation to:

Alina Anais Rodriguez Burial Fund
Prince of Peace Christian Church
P.O. Box 932
Buffalo, NY 14205

Calling hours for Alina are currently scheduled for Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lombardo Funeral Home, located at 102 Linwood in Buffalo. The funeral arraignments have yet to be finalized due to the family's lack of funds.