My Fox Chicago | Craig Wall
Chicago - Friends and family gathered on Chicago's West Side on Tuesday night to remember a boxer who gave life to others after his own death in the ring. Francisco "Paco" Rodriguez died of brain injuries after a championship fight in Philadelphia two years ago. His family donated his organs, saving the life of his uncle Ramone Tejada by giving him a kidney. The donations also saved the lives of four other strangers.
Holding a candle and a photograph of her husband, Sonia Rodriquez led her family on a procession through the Garfield Park Fieldhouse to the boxing ring where Paco Rodriguez first starting making a name for himself.
The 25 year old Chicago native came from a boxing family; his father trained him. Fellow boxers joined the family to pay tribute to his legacy as a giver of life, even in death.
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