Son of father shot in Hialeah shooting gets touching support
HIALEAH, Fla. (WSVN) -- As more victims of the Hialeah mass shooting are laid to rest, the family of one of those victims is getting a touching show of support.
Nine-year-old Carlitos wanted to be just like his dad, Carlos Gavilanes. Gavilanes put his son in his first pair of gloves at 7 years old.
Thirty-three-year-old Gavilanes, a father of two, was just getting home from his son's boxing practice and was parking his car when he was fatally shot last Friday night. That followed the last time Carlitos would ever box with his dad. "We had so many plans for his son together," said Gavilanes' best friend Jason Amado. "We had so much unfinished business."
Pedro Vargas, 42, shot Gavilanes dead in a horrific shooting spree that killed five other innocent victims.
Amado said Carlitos had a dream about his father. "He had a dream about his father. He said, 'I trained with my papi.' It was almost as if Carlos came in his dream and made peace with him," said Amado.
On Wednesday, Gavilanes was laid to rest. His funeral was paid for by pop star Pitbull. Carlitos wore his boxing hero Paul Spadafora's gear.
Gavilanes saw his son box with his son's idol a few weeks ago. "He said, 'I want to talk to my dad,' and the whole room was silent, and he made his way to the casket, and he laid the gloves on his father's casket, and he spoke to his daddy for a little while," said Amado.
Gavilanes' best friend will now have to be more then a boxing coach to Carlitos. "I'm gonna make sure my cousin's dreams stays alive. That's my little boy, that's my son now," he said.
Carlitos is now left to work on making his dad's dreams come true. Some of his hero boxers are stepping up to help train him and plan on making him compete in boxing within the next four months.
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