Brockton comes together to help mother who lost son

Nazair Nunes-Escobar was struck by a tractor-trailer on Battles Street in Brockton on Thursday.
George Rizer for the Globe
Nazair Nunes-Escobar was struck by a tractor-trailer on Battles Street in Brockton on Thursday.

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.

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Nunes was too upset to speak with the Globe, according to another cousin, Maria Andrade.

Alves has set up a fund-
raiser for Nunes, and staff at Nazair’s school have been pooling money. The mayor’s office and a Brockton funeral home have agreed to waive funeral and burial plot costs until insurance money comes through for the family, said Bob Buckley, chief of staff for Mayor Bill Carpenter of Brockton.

Looking for a way to help, Alves decided to start online fund-raising to help her cousin with rent and other expenses. On Saturday she set up a page on GoFundMe, a website that allows donors to send money electronically to specific causes.

Since she created the fund on a page called Heaven Gained an Angel, Alves has raised $1,450 toward the goal listed of $20,000, according to the website. The funding page has been shared nearly 600 times on Facebook.


Funeral expenses will be paid by the insurance company that covers Spiegel South Shore Scrap Metal of Brockton, the company that owns the truck involved in the accident, said Buckley. The money probably will not be ready in time for Nazair’s funeral, so Russell & Pica Funeral Home has agreed to hold off on billing the Nunes family until the insurance company comes through.

“Everybody’s trying to help, you know. It’s just horrible,” said David F. Russell Jr., owner of the funeral home. “We always are here just to help people. Especially in this situation, the last thing they need to be worried about is finding the [funds] for their 12-year-old.”

The mayor’s office will take care of a burial plot for Nazair, and will not charge the family until the insurance money comes through, Buckley said.

Staff at the Oscar F. Raymond Elementary School have been collecting donations among themselves, said Jocelyn Meek, the Brockton schools’ communications officer, though she did not know how much had been collected.

Alves said the fund-raising she launched was her way of doing something, because the death was so painful she has not yet been able to see her cousin.


“I have not even visited [Nunes] yet because I know. . . I’ll be leaving in the ambulance myself.”

Globe correspondent Rachel Riley contributed. Kiera Blessing can be reached at