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Community Steps Up To Help After Mentor To Hundreds Of Hermosa And Logan Square Kids Critically Injured In Accident

Brian Perea, also known as Smiley, DJ Smiley and, simply, B, suffered a head injury while visiting family in Puebla, Mexico, according to an online fundraising campaign.

Perea is the youth and housing organizer at Logan Square Neighborhood Association. In that role, he’s mentored hundreds of young people in Hermosa, Logan Square, Avondale and Belmont Cragin, according to the campaign.
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LOGAN SQUARE — Neighbors are raising money for beloved Logan Square Neighborhood Association staffer Brian Perea who was critically injured in an accident.

Perea, the youth and housing organizer at Logan Square Neighborhood Association, suffered a head injury in an accident during a recent trip to Puebla, Mexico to see family, according to an online fundraising campaign.

Also known as Smiley, DJ Smiley and, simply, B, Perea is currently in Mexico with his father by his side, according to the campaign.

Logan Square Neighborhood Association issued the following statement: “All we know right now is that he is in Mexico. He is in critical condition and his family needs financial support. He is incredibly valuable to us at LSNA and the entire community. We are doing everything we can to support his family in their time of need.”

The nature of the accident is unknown.

In his role at Logan Square Neighborhood Association, Perea is a mentor to hundreds of young people in Hermosa, Logan Square, Avondale and Belmont Cragin, according to the campaign.

Perea, now in his late 20s, got his start at the organization when he was just 14 years old as part of Kelvyn Park High School’s social justice academy. He also worked as an instructor at the After School Matters Youth Institute, according to Logan Square Neighborhood Association’s website.

“On any given night he may be seen knocking on doors to speak to residents about affordable housing or education justice,” the campaign reads.

“Our barrio needs him. Our city needs Brian to come back home whole.”

As of 2:30 p.m. Thursday, the online fundraising campaign had raised $7,024 toward its goal of $100,000. The money will go toward Perea’s costly medical expenses.

To donate, visit the GoFundMe page here.

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