Scammer tries to profit off death of teenage girl found under West Side bridge

Someone selling tickets for Natalie Chavez fundraiser


SAN ANTONIO – The family of the teenage girl found strangled to death is not only trying to find her killer, but now a benefit scammer.

The body of Natalie Chavez, 15, was found underneath a West Side bridge last week.

The family, who is still in disbelief, said they understand why a stranger is trying to make money off of their tragedy.

"We're not selling tickets and I'm so sorry for the ones who already bought tickets," said benefit organizer for the family, Diane Villarreal.

The family of the young girl is appalled someone is taking their benefit flyers and selling them around town for $4. Villarreal wants the public to know the money that is being collected will not go toward Natalie's funeral expenses in any way.

"He's actually giving people deals on the flyers, pretending they're tickets," said Villarreal. "This is horrible what he's doing, especially when this is about a little girl murdered the way she was."

Her father, Juan Pablo Chavez Jr. said he feels like he's been violated not once, but twice, and all he wants is justice.

"There are a lot of people out here who are mad. They say when we catch up to him, we're going to send him to the cops," said Chavez.

Natalie's benefit will be held Friday at 1401 SW 19th St. at 10 a.m.

There will also be a fundraiser Saturday, Dec. 27 at the VFW, 3001 Guadelupe Street from 9 a.m.