Tragedy Draws Aid

Four months ago, Paul Castillo graduated. Two months ago, he was shot in the neck after a road-rage accident and paralyzed. Recently, his cousin Josh Castillo told his Japanese Teacher, Mokoto Abe who has taken charge of helping the Castillo’s with their tragedy by selling candy, cookies, brownies, soda and other things after school. They have raised $671. 45.

“It was my decision to start selling; he [Josiah] never asked me to do anything,” Abe said. “I’m a mother too and I don’t want to just sit here,”

Abe and some of her students, including Castillo, stationed by the cafeteria, sold jolly ranches for 25 cents, brownies, Kit Kats and lolli-pops for 50 cents, chocolate chip cookies for 75 cents, a variety of chips and soda for one dollar, a variety of popsicles for $2 and frames from New York for $5. One of Abe’s old students, who also graduated in May, donated some of the snacks for Abe to sell.

“I asked Josiah if it was ok for me to start selling, I didn’t just go do it,” Abe said.

Abe suggested the selling because she noticed Castillo had not finished an assignment one day and pulled him aside to ask him what was going on.

“Josiah is one of my top students. I asked him what was going on, why didn’t he finish it [his assignment], then he told me about his cousin. I didn’t know Paul was from Lee,” Abe said. “He had just moved to Lee in the spring and even though he was here for a short while, I believe he is still a Lee student and so I wanted to help.”

[It was reported that] Paul had been driving on the highway on his way to register for classes at SAC and noticed someone following him. After a while, he pulled over to ask, got out of his car to ask why the man was following him. They were talking only for a few moments before the man aimed at Paul and missed. His second immediate shot hit Paul right in the neck. He drove off afterwards. There is no information if he has been caught or not.

“I guess someone heard the shots and called the ambulance,” Castillo said. “And I’m really thankful they did,”

Paul has been in Rehabilitation for about four weeks and was in ICU for about two weeks before. Abe has been told he can barely move his shoulders and fingers, but nothing else.

“I’m just going with whatever comes,” Castillo said. “I visit [Paul] whenever I can and help out with my family.”

Castillo’s family sold barbecue plates for $6 Oct. 25 to the 27. They are now selling black shirts with white font that read “End road roadrage” on the front and “Support Paul Castillo” on the back for $15. Abe was selling snacks and drinks from Oct. 28 to Nov. 1 and is planning to sell again the week after the Thanksgiving break.

“I was really happy [when Abe Sansei asked to sell]. I asked my aunt and she said, ‘Yes, of course,’. It makes me feel better [the selling], Castillo said.

A variety of snacks are shown for students to buy in the Japanese room. Students can also donate money to the Paul Castillo Donation box.

A student donates money into the Paul Castillo box.

Junior Josiah Castillo and Alisa-Rio Carroll and Japanese teacher Mokoto Abe are selling after school.

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