Latino community mourns the loss of Maria Ester Carillo

06/02/09 Mitch E. Perry
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Last week in Miami, Maria Esther Carillo, a leader in the Latino community in Tampa, and her daughter, Maria Liliana Carillo, were hit by truck while standing on a sidewalk. Maria Esther died at the scene; her daughter remains hospitalized.

The Tampa Tribune reports that Maria Esther Carrillo, 48, was a native of Colombia and came to Tampa in 1990. She founded the Hispanic-American Inter-Cultural Workshop, known as TICH, to help children of Hispanics connect with their culture and language.

Children from kindergarten through eighth-grade had Saturday classes that included the Spanish language, history, literature, culture, dance and food.

Marcia Meija is vice president of Hype, Hispanic Young Professionals & Entrepreneurs for the Tampa Bay Area. She said HYPE will be holding its next event on June 18 at The Nest in Ybor City. Proceeds from that event goes toward scholarships. HYPE’s goal this year is to award 10 $1,000 scholarships.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to TICH Inc. and mailed to 16403 Lake Heather Drive, Tampa FL 33618.

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