Folsom Restaurant Owner Trying to Help Family Recover from Tragedy

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FOLSOM -- Jay Jayaraman cries for a man he never met, an Afghan refugee who was hit and killed by a distracted driver in Sacramento last July.

"They never realized that tragedy was going to strike them within two weeks of arrival," Jayaraman said.

Mustafa Rafi and his family had arrived in Sacramento in June.

The family's patriarch was killed while riding a bike near his apartment complex with his son, Omar, who was seriously hurt.

The community rallied around the Rafi family in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy.

But the owner of Folsom Restaurant Mylapore only recently learned about it and decided to do something.

"It's all about helping people," said Jayaraman.

Six weeks ago Jayaraman started collecting the money from orders made on his restaurants app after 9 p.m., which he sells for half off.

"There's a category called too much food got to go," Jayaraman said,

So far he's collected about $700 and he doesn't plan to stop there. Jayaraman says this fundraising effort helps him cut down on food waste and hopefully shows the Rafi family that people still care.

"They will have faith in humanity," said Jayaraman.

A spokesperson for the Rafi family tells FOX40 they're very grateful for the help.

There is an official trust fund set up to support Rafi's family:
Rafi Irrevocable Special Needs Trust
ATTN: Zachary Young, Trustee
425 Fairgate Road, Sacramento, Calif.
95825