By: Erika Fernandez | WCTV Eyewitness News
September 21, 2017
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- When local Mexican students first heard about the earthquake, they immediately called every relative they have in the country.
Everyone they know is safe, but the students said places they've visited are now unrecognizable.
"It saddens me because it's somewhere that really relies on tourism, especially. And when I would go, that was my second home in a sense. My family is Mexican so I’m Mexican as well, and seeing that is very disappointing," said Marian Suriel, who has family in Mexico.
Students said watching this devastation unfold from afar had them feeling helpless. The FSU Mexican-American Student Association is raising money to help Mexico. Student Josue Pardauvell and a group of other international students started a GoFundMe page after they heard about the destruction in their country.
Parduvell's family in Mexico are all accounted for, but his uncles' homes are destroyed. He said some of his friends are still searching for family members.
"I was extremely scared. I started crying actually. I felt really bad because I couldn't be there helping all my friends and all their families," said Josue Pardauvell, an international student from Mexico.
In just one day, they've already brought in more than $600. You can donate to MASA’s fundraiser here.