EAST VILLAGE, N.Y. (PIX11)-- Following a GoFundMe campaign, family and friends of 23-year-old Nicholas Figueroa have raised more than $30,000 for his funeral expenses.
Figueroa was one of the two men killed and more than two dozen injured on March 26, when a gas explosion leveled an East Village, five-story tenement at 121 Second Avenue and destroyed two other buildings.
Figueroa was on a date at the sushi restaurant on the ground floor, has just paid the check and the world erupted around him.
Figueroa's friend was also injured but survived the blast. A restaurant bus boy Moises Ismael Locan also died in the rubble.
The focus of the investigation continues to center on the possibility of an illegal tapped gas line.
The contractor working on the building, and injured in the blast, one of several awaiting trial following their arrest in February in a city-wide sting involving building inspectors on the take.
A new gas line service at the building has once again just failed a Con Ed inspection less than an hour before the blast.
It remained locked by Con Ed, but investigators continue to prove whether a smaller line servicing the restaurant was illegally taped to get around it.
And while the city looks for answers, none will bring comfort to the family of Nicholas Figueroa, who has just graduated college and was planning to take EMT classes, and become a fireman or police officer.
His viewing will take place from 3 to 9 p.m. at R.G. Funeral Homes Inc. at 4425 Broadway.
Figueroa's funeral will take place in the Church of the Holy Name of Jesus on 207 W. 96th St., on Tuesday at 10 a.m.AlertMe