Musicians band together to raise money for Delfino Mora, Facebook murder victim
BY KIM JANSSEN Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org August 2, 2012 5:34PM
Delfino Mora and his family
Updated: September 6, 2012 6:16AM
He was a renowned musician in his Mexican homeland.
Now musicians from Facebook murder victim Delfino Mora’s adopted Chicago neighborhood of West Rogers Park are getting together to help out his widow and 12 children.
A free benefit concert for Mora’s family will be held from 5 p.m. on August 12 at McKellin’s Pub, 2800 West Touhy, not far from the alley where the 62-year-old Mora was fatally punched on camera July 10.
Attorney Matt Farmer said he and his band, the Blue State Cowboys, organized the fundraiser after reading about Mora’s “remarkable” life and his tragic death.
Though Farmer did not know Mora personally, he shops in the supermarket where Mora’s daughter Angelica works and felt moved to act.
“I’ve come to the realization over time that it’s better to do something than nothing,” he said. “Even though we can’t solve all the problems that blight us, we can do something to help this family.”
Mora spent 40 years traveling back and forth between Mexico and the U.S. to work, support his family and build his own home in Ciudad Hidalgo, Michoacan. He worked construction, picked fruit and scored several hits with his band, Los Coralillos, playing at the height of his success before a crowd of 10,000 in Mexico City.
Disabled while working construction in the 1990s in Chicago, he was picking up soda cans in the alley in the 6300 block of North Artesian to supplement his small disability payments when he was attacked by three teens playing a game called “Pick ‘em out, knock ‘em out,” prosecutors allege.
The teens were caught and charged after they posted a video of the attack on Facebook, authorities say.
Farmer said, “Our friends at McKellin’s Pub can’t fit 10,000 bodies in their tavern, but they’re going to help us honor a fallen local musician by hosting a three-hour rock-n-roll benefit to help our neighbors in their time of need.”
The benefit, which will feature performances by soul singer Gerald McClendon and guitarist Chris Winters, is free to attend, but there will be a collection and raffle to raise funds for Mora’s family, who buried Delfino in Mexico earlier this month.
Donations to the Mora family can also be made at any branch of Chase bank.