Please come out for happy hour, where I will be collecting donations for the Artemio Trinidad fund that is set up at the US Bank at 919 E. Lake St. in Minneapolis. His family could really use our help!
Artemio Trinidad-Mena, 29, lived in Minneapolis but was a Mexican citizen with a young family scattered across the two countries.
He lived with his wife, Abundia Martinez, 31, and 2-month-old daughter Lorena at their home in Minneapolis. The couple also has three children, ages 11 to 2, living with relatives in their hometown of Ixcateopan de Cuauhtemoc, in the Pacific coast state of Guerrero, Mexico.
In Minneapolis, he worked at New York Plaza Produce. His friends and family gathered there on Thursday night to remember him, including Julio Alvarado.
Alvarado recalled a man with an outsize personality and a cheery outlook.
"He was very happy, always looking at everything in just a positive, good way," Alvarado said.
Alvarado said Trinidad Mena left work around 5:30 Wednesday night. He said Mena called his wife shortly after he left for work.
He was driving a pickup truck, which apparently caught fire after the bridge collapsed.
Trinidad Mena's widow said her husband arrived in the United States 10 years ago. She said she moved to Minneapolis from Mexico a year ago and that both were living in the Unites States illegally.
"We're asking for financial help mainly because my children are in Mexico and I have a little girl here and more importantly because we want to send my husband's body to Mexico," she said, sobbing.