ARLINGTON, Wash. -- From hardship and heartache to a very special honor, an Arlington family is offered a new way to remember a loved one who was killed in 2009.
Elliot Carbajal was involved in a fight that escalated on December 12, 2009 in downtown Arlington. Robert Lester Carlson punched and choked Carbajal, according to a police report. Carbajal was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries and his family made the decision to take him off life support days later.
Saturday, Elliot's family set up a blood drive at Arlington City Hall in his honor.
"He loved giving blood, absolute loved it," said Elliot's brother, Adam Carbajal.
Elliot became a donor after a car accident almost killed him when he was 20-years-old. A blood transfusion saved his life, and he decided to return the favor by donating blood regularly. When Elliot died in 2009, his family carried out his wish to donate his organs.
LifeCenter Northwest noticed that Elliot Carbajal was a dedicated donor and decided to honor his legacy at the upcoming Rose Parade in Pasadena, California.
"They are putting a picture of him made of flowers and organic materials on the float itself," said Adam.
"To know my brother's picture is going to be on that float is absolutely amazing," said Norman Carbajal, Elliot's brother.
Two of Elliot's siblings will travel to Pasadena to take part in the January 1st parade.
Robert Lester Carlson pled guilty and was sentenced to 27 months in prison for Carbajal's death.