The Brockton community, from the mayor and school staff to family members, is rallying to help Adelina Nunes, following the death last week of her 12-year-old son.
Nunes, a single mother in her mid-30s who works at a nursing home, has been distraught over her loss while struggling to take care of her other child, a 5-year-old daughter, said her cousin, Maria Alves.
“She still has a daughter to take care of, and I’m pretty sure at this point she still thinks her son is alive,” said Alves. “So she’s not going to be back to work any time soon.”
Nazair Nunes-Escobar was trying out a new pair of in-line skates he was given for his 12th birthday when he was struck by a tractor-trailer on Battles Street in Brockton on Thursday. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The truck driver stayed on scene and was not charged.
Nunes was too upset to speak with the Globe, according to another cousin, Maria Andrade.
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