Family hopes to bury 6-year-old boy's body in Port Lavaca
Aug. 29, 2014 at 5:42 p.m.
Friends and family members of 6-year-old Xadrian Martinez are working to bring him home.
The young boy died Wednesday night after a reported seizure at the housing complex in Corpus Christi where he lived with his mother, Nancy Rae Martinez, and her boyfriend, Albert Villareal.
Martinez and Villareal were arrested early Thursday on suspicion of capital murder in connection with Xadrian's death, according to the Corpus Christi Caller Times.
Nueces County officials will decide Tuesday which side of his family will plan Xadrian's funeral.
His relatives in Port Lavaca, including his grandmother, Elena Saenz Madrigal, want to give Xadrian a proper burial near the family who cared for him, said Brenda Saenz, who spoke on behalf of the family.
"All we want is to take him to be where he was loved and unharmed," Saenz said. "He was around a lot of love here."
She remembers spending time with Xadrian in Port Lavaca when Child Protective Services left him in the care of Madrigal when he was 11 months old and again when Martinez left him in their care.
The last time Madrigal saw Xadrian was Aug. 2, 2013, when Martinez returned to Port Lavaca to take her son to Corpus Christi.
During his time in Port Lavaca, Saenz said Xadrian was the happiest little boy.
"He loved his grandma and loved giving her hugs and kisses," Saenz said.
Xadrian was also very smart and mature for his age. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed a good swim, too, Saenz said.
"He could sit down and have a whole conversation with you," Saenz said.
Veronica Jimenez, 35, of Placedo, helped set up a GoFundMe account, "Our Little Angel Xadrian," to help cover costs for the transport and burial of Xadrian's remains. She is a distant cousin of Xadrian and said she opened the account to help the family bring him to Port Lavaca.
"I've been telling people about it through Facebook and made a flier to pass out, too," Jimenez said. "We just want to get relatives some financial help."
She said the boy's family works hard to make ends meet, and the account will help relatives cover the costs of his funeral.
"Family is family; I'm just standing by my family," Jimenez said.