Parents of Seminole Heights victim, Anthony Naiboa, start scholarship in son's name

Posted at 4:15 PM, Nov 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-02 16:15:39-04

The family of Anthony Naiboa, 20, doesn't want the community to forget their eldest son.

“He was an outgoing, caring person and a hard worker,” said Anthony’s mom Maria Rodriguez.

Anthony was killed on October 19.  He was the third victim of the Seminole Heights Killer. The person that has been able to elude police for nearly a month, keeping a community on edge and police busy.


Rodriguez tries not to focus on the horrible way her son died, but rather the person he was. He was her eldest of five who always wanted to help and work hard. Rodriguez said he loved his job.

“They were like packing food for hurricane relief for the victims of Hurricane Maria,” said Rodriguez.

Now, Rodriguez and her husband are choosing to help others while they remember their son. The Seminole Heights community has been taking donations for the families of the three victims. When the donations were brought to Naiboa’s family, they turned them down. They instead want to start a scholarship in their son’s name to help other people with autism, just like Anthony.

The community is still accepting donations and will be accepting them at the Taste of the Heights on Sunday, November 5, 2017. The event will be from 12:00 p.m.  to 5:00 p.m. at 5011 N. Nebraska Avenue. Tickets for the 8th annual are now sold out, but there are still drink tickets available. Some of the proceeds from the event will be going to the victims’ families. They will also be selling t-shirts at the Taste of the Heights to benefit the families.

For more information, visit: Taste of the Heights.