Mexican food truck closes temporarily after co-owner dies

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A month-old Mexican food truck is temporarily closed following the death of its co-owner.

Karen Mariaca, who opened Tuka Tacos LLC with her mother Martha Mariaca and father Jorge Rios, said the restaurant at 1602 E. Kearney St. will likely be closed for a few months due to Rios passing yesterday. Karen Mariaca said her mother plans to return to the business after that.

“He was always happy and always told me that we should create ideas so people are excited to come to the food truck,” Mariaca said via her father’s Facebook Messenger. “The last conversation I had with my dad was about the food truck. It’s so heartbreaking to have to live again because he had a passion for it.”

A GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign has been created to help cover Rios’ funeral expenses. The campaign description states that Rios “suffered an incident that caused his heart to stop beating. He was taken to the hospital where they were observing him. Unfortunately, the damage to his brain was very severe. and he moved on to a better life.”

The family launched the food truck on June 10, according to their Facebook page. Before that, Mariaca said they were involved in the restaurant business and started to build a reputation for their food, leading to the launch of Tuka Tacos.

The food truck menu includes tacos, burritos, quesadillas and quesabirrias.

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