South Side daycare holds fundraiser for family of children killed during police chase

David Rodriguez accused of crashing into family's car while leading police on chase, killing Walter, Wesley Maspero

Author: Stephanie Serna, Reporter,
Published On: Sep 30 2012 10:16:20 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 01 2012 03:50:16 AM CDT

A South Side community is stepping up to help, after two young children, Walter and Wesley Maspero, were killed following a police chase and crash that happened Sept. 19.

On Sunday, the day care where the children attended held a fundraiser for the family.

Janie Viera, with Southern Angels Daycare, said it's been a difficult month for teachers and staff after the two children died.

"It's hard," said Viera. "It's been very hard, not only for me, but the owner, the staff, but we're doing okay."

Walter Maspero, 3, and Wesley Maspero, 1, were both killed after a driver leading police on a chase, slammed head-on into their family's car on I-35 and Shepherd Road.

That driver, David Rodriguez, is facing capital murder charges.

San Antonio Police Department officials said officers tried to stop Rodriguez as he left a suspected drug house that detectives had been watching.

Instead of stopping, Rodriguez sped away. Officials said Rodriguez made a U-turn on the access road of Interstate 35 near Shepherd Road and tried to ram an officer's car with his SUV.

Although the officer avoided the collision, Rodriguez’s SUV sideswiped the family's Volvo.

When staff at Southern Angels Day Care got the word about the accident, they teamed up with the Good Shepherd Academy for a barbecue fundraiser.

Viera said they wanted to help the Maspero family who are not only dealing with the deaths of two of their eight children, but also funeral expenses and mounting medical expenses.

"The staff decided that they wanted to do something for them," said Viera. "The children had been here since they were 4 weeks old."

Viera said they sold more than 800 plates on Sunday and that the family is thanking everyone who helped.

"People from everywhere, from here, the community, people from everywhere are helping us," she said.

The father of the two children killed is still at University Hospital.

Viera said he's expected to be there at least another month.

If you'd like to help out, you can contact Southern Angels Day Care at 210-532-6435, or there is also an account set up at IBC Bank.