BRIDGEPORT - Close friends of a Bridgeport roofer who died on the job this week are trying to raise enough money to send his body home to Ecuador.

Authorities say 34-year-old Walter Pani died Tuesday when he fell off a roof in Westport.

Edgar Rodriguez, of Luz de Paz Funeral Home, says Pani came to the U.S. from Ecuador with the highest of hopes. Luz de Paz Funeral Home is accepting donations to pay for funeral expenses.

The company Pani was working for did not return News 12's calls requesting a comment.