This family has suffered something none of us could imagine. Sunday afternoon, while strolling on a beach collecting shark teeth, Ommy Irizarry and Oceana Irizzary were struck by an airplane that had lost control and had to make an emergency crash landing. Ommy and Oceana were there with their family on a beach trip to celebrate Ommy and Rebecca's wedding anniversary.
Ommy was a Sgt. 1st Class serving 12 years in the Army, having completed 2 tours to Iraq. He was well respected by the soldiers under his command. He was also a committed family man-husband and father. I have had the distinct pleasure in spending time with him and his family, and speak from the heart when I say he was funny, had a contageous smile and laugh, and there was no doubt the love and adoration he felt for his wife Rebecca, daughters Oceana and Ava, and his son Ommy.
Oceana was also struck by the plane and was lifeflighted to the hospital with severely critical injuries. She was a spunky, hilarious, quick witted 9 year old who loved the beach and loved her family.
Sadly, Rebecca, Ava, and Ommy (Jr.) along with their extended family, are left with an enormous loss. I have created this fund out of love and respect for my friends Ommy and Rebecca, and their beautiful children Oceana, Ava, and Ommy (Jr.)
I can not begin to imagine where Rebecca goes from here, or how she will come back from such a lifechanging loss. What I do know is that I want to share their story with as many as I can, and ask you all to donate to help her. She will have a large enough burden to carry just making it through this tragedy-I would like to think money won't have to be something she needs to worry about at this time.
ANY donation is sincerely appreciated-and every penny will go to Rebecca to support her family now, or in the future.
Thank you for your generosity.
- Stephen Schmidt
- Joe Shadduck