01/04/2013 10:08 EST | Updated 03/06/2013 05:12 EST

Northern B.C. Latino group helps mother who lost only son

The Latino community in Prince George, B.C., is rallying around a mother whose only son was killed in a car crash on New Year’s Eve.

Celia Schreiber Sanchez's 36-year-old son Framiel was killed in an accident on Dec. 31. The crash also sent Sanchez to hospital in Vancouver.

Sanchez is from Mexico and has no other relatives in B.C., so the Latino Association of Northern B.C. raised enough money to fly her brother from Mexico to Prince George.

"We got that outpour of people coming, and seeing what they could do — it's just amazing. No matter how far we are from home, we do have a family, we do have friends,” said association president Juan Carlos Lopez.

"Our main concern was to make sure that she had someone, a family member, with her to help her navigate this terrible mishap.”

Lopez says Sanchez’s brother wouldn't have been able to afford the plane ticket without the association's help.

He says they're now raising money to support the family as they prepare for the funeral.