SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS (WOAI) -- Alicia Aparicio says she moved her family from California to Texas to expose her children to better opportunities and safety.
On Mother's Day, her youngest child Emmanuel Rojas, 9, drowned in the Medina River.
On the night before he died, the boy gave his mother a Mother's Day card specially made in his 4th grade class.
"I never imagined that the next day my son would be gone," Aparicio said.
Aparicio encourages all parents to spend more time with their children and to express their love for them.
She said, "You never know what could happen."
She added, "Keep an eye on your children at all times. I don't want anyone to go through what I'm going through."
She believes Emmanuel fell into a deep pocket in the river and drowned.
An account has been set up at Wells Fargo bank branches throughout San Antonio.
The family says they are reaching out to the community to help them with burial expenses.
If you would like to help, stop by any Well Fargo bank and donate to the Emmanuel Rojas Fund.