LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The people who knew a 74-year-old man whose life tragically ended this month when he died from the injuries sustained after he was pushed off an RTC bus are banding together to raise money to pay for his funeral.
“He was an amazing person to tell you the truth,” said Abraham Mendoza, a maintenance worker where Fournier lived. “He had a big heart.”
Serge Fournier was pushed off of the bus about a half a block away from his home at Desert Plaza Senior Apartments.
8 News NOW learned that Fournier told the 25-year-old suspect, Cadesha Bishop, to be nicer to other passengers before she violently shoved him.
“At first, I was speechless then I started feeling, ‘why?’ I don’t know — confusion,” Mendoza said. “Why would somebody do something like that?”
Police say the shove caused Fournier to fall off the bus and hurt himself. When he was found he was bleeding from his head.
“It was appalling; appalling,” said Margaret Brzozalauer, a resident at the Desert Plaza Senior Apartments. “It was a senseless crime, and it was one that nobody should ever have to see ever.”
Mendoza and other staff a yard sale to help Fournier’s family. Fournier’s friends and complete strangers gave what they could to pass on a message that Fournier preached, which was to always be “nicer.”
“I felt very deeply emotionally connected to this,” Brzozalauer said. “I lost my daughter several years ago to a senseless crime as well. My heart just poured out for this family.”
Any money left over will also go to Fournier’s longtime girlfriend.
Bishop is charged with one count of open murder. She will be in court on May 21.