The house was donated to the family of the slain Laredo Marine


To honor the family of the Laredo Marine who died in Afghanistan earlier this year, Laredo officials announced Monday that his family would receive a significant gift.

Lance Cpl.’s family David Lee Espinoza got a new home on Friday through a donation. The home — located on Sabana Lane — is just a few blocks from Cielito Lindo Boulevard, which was recently renamed LCpl David L. Espinoza Memorial Blvd in Espinoza’s honor.

Rep. Henry Cuellar, First Community Bank Corpus Christi President and CEO Wes Hoskins, and Commerce Bank President and CEO Ignacio Urrabazo Jr. presented the home.

To begin this process, Hoskins — who arranged the private donation — approached Cuellar’s office with the idea of ​​providing a new home for the Espinoza family. Cuellar’s office connected Hoskins and his team to the Espinoza family, and so began the search for their perfect home.

Hoskins also donated scholarships to Espinoza’s siblings and paid the home’s taxes and insurance for a few years so the family could move in with peace of mind.

The Cuellar office contacted EXIT Realty Laredo agent Bertha Garcia with a request to help them find a home for the Espinoza family.

“This process has been very beneficial, it’s a blessing for me to be able to help,” Garcia said. “And that process was very easy. To be honest, everyone cooperates. Whenever we ask for a donation, everyone is willing to donate. It was wonderful.

“For me this project was different as it was very emotional looking for a property for the family.”

The search for the home has been going on for the past three to four months, Garcia explained, adding that inviting others over has been easy and rewarding. He said that when they heard about the donation, everyone wanted to cooperate.

“Bertha Garcia, an EXIT agent, reached out to me, so we both worked together as a team – me to build and she to sell – to find the ideal home for the family,” said Sonia Gutierrez, sales manager at Ariva homes .

Gutierrez said this project was different from their previous ones.

“This is a special case. Of course we will never replace Lee Espinoza but this is a special project as he has served this country. … What we’re trying to accomplish now is to complete donations so we can finish delivering this house.”

This is not her first experience in this field. Gutierrez helped deliver 50 donated homes next to Cuellar after Hurricane Katrina, so this is a project she knows how to do.

“The goal wasn’t just to create walls and protection. We want this to be not just a house, but a home,” Cuellar said. “And there is a difference between a house and a home. A house is assembled from building materials, a home is assembled with trust, compassion and most of all love.

“A home means warmth, protection and love. It means laughter and memories. I think we can all agree that these are things that Lance Cpl. David Lee Espinoza embodies.”

This sums up the intentions and efforts of all parties involved to provide this home in the best possible way for the Espinoza family to live this change as comfortably as possible.

Ariva Builders/Engineering and Construction donated the home’s range hood and stove, refrigerator, granite countertops, ceramic bathtub tile, wood fence, cabinetry paint upgrades and more. Texas Discount Furniture’s representative was Jose Cabrera, who donated furniture to furnish an entire room of the family’s choice. Realtors Gerardo and Flor Gonzalez donated a new bed and linens for family member Angel Martin Espinoza, Premier Property Inspection and Consultants donated the home inspection, and veteran Eddie Rubio donated $500 to the family.

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