Remembering Marco & Marcos Avila

On the morning of Saturday, August 18, the lives of the Avila family,  were horrifically changed forever as their family camping trip turned into a nightmare.

When 9 year old Marcos Avila went for an innocent ride on a raft near the family campsite, Marcos fell over the raft and his father, Marco Avila,  did not think twice before going into the water to save his son. The river's current proved too strong as it swept Marco and Marcos under, leaving their family stunned and in shock; all in a matter of seconds!

The family waited 3 agonizing days for search and rescue teams to locate Marco and Marcos; praying for a miracle. Unfortunately, they were found on Monday, August 20 but did not survive the incident. 

Marco leaves behind a wife and 16 year old daughter; he was a loving husband and dedicated father - the rock of his family. 
A mother is without her husband and youngest child, Marcos -a fun and loving boy who loved to go camping with his family. 
A daughter is left without a father and a little brother. 
A family who witnessed the entire tragedy is left devastated and shocked beyond belief. Their weekend camp out was intended to bring them joy as they dealt with another devastating piece of family news and now, as they come to terms with the unexpected and tragic loss of two amazing people, are left with the costs of giving Marco and Marcos a proper farewell. 

If you can find it in your heart to give, please help us honor the memory of a loving young boy who died in the arms of his father who risked his life in an effort to save his son. 

Marcos, the world is a little darker without your smile and innocence.
Marco, you are a hero and will forever be missed. 

We love you both so much and our hearts ache in your absence.
  • Nathalia Franco  
    • $33 
    • 48 mos
  • Maria Gutierrez 
    • $100 
    • 48 mos
  • Nilsa Velazquez 
    • $50 
    • 48 mos
  • Priscilla Velazquez 
    • $50 
    • 48 mos
  • Paulique Medina 
    • $40 
    • 48 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Adriana Espinosa 
Jamaica, NY
Orlando Codero