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Gabriel Trujillo's Funeral & Celebration of Life

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Thank you to everyone for your extremely generous donations, words, and prayers. We are so grateful to you in this devastating time. Please join us for Gabriel’s Celebration of Life Ceremony August 26th.

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To all those who knew and loved Gabriel Trujillo,

It is with deep devastation that we mourn the loss of Gabriel R. Trujillo. He was murdered on June 19th in Sonora, Mexico. He was driving through Mexico collecting plants for his Ph.D. research when he went missing and it took days for his fianceé and family to find him.

Gabriel was and is beyond what words can express. He was brilliant, genuine, talented, adventurous, brave, generous, and above all unfailingly kind and loving to everyone. He was a son, brother, cherished family member, fiancé, and friend. He was a deeply spiritual Danzante and was reconnecting to his Indigenous Opata and Nahua ancestry.

His family will be holding two ceremonies: one in Fenton, Michigan on July 5-6th and one in the Bay Area of California (TBD). You are all welcome to both ceremonies.

For details on his Michigan service, please visit this link:

His celebration of life in the Bay Area will be a Danza Azteca Ceremony that Gabriel would have wanted deeply. While attending another Danzante funeral, he shared with his fianceé that one day when he passed, he wanted this ceremony more than anything. The details of this ceremony will be announced soon on this website and on social media.

Because of the international travel logistics required to bring Gabriel back from Mexico to the U.S. and because of the travel costs his family members will incur for his ceremonies in Michigan and California, we are asking for this amount to cover the costs and to help his family in this heartbreaking time. Anything you can do to contribute or share is greatly appreciated.

Please know that Gabriel is still with you. He was and is a deeply spiritual person whose love is boundless and eternal. When you remember him, he would want you to be happy. That is how we can celebrate his life.

Nican Ca
In Nahuatl, He is here


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Oakland, CA

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