Saturday (3/23/19) evening, Sam competed in a professional mixed martial arts bout and lost a very close and hard fought decision. Although we did not agree with the decision- in typical Sam fashion, he took it with grace, class and positivity...Although sad, this is not the reason for the GoFundMe....
Approx 7am Monday (3/25/19) morning Sam was discovered by a bicycle commuter in the Guadalupe River underneath the HWY 87 overpass just north of San Fernando— about a mile from his work and where he was last seen the night before. His body was partially submerged in the river with indications pointing to him somehow falling 60 feet from the overpass. Doctors were surprised he was alive with such a low body temperature. In addition to the hypothermia, he was found with a collapsed lung, broken vertebrae, fractured elbow & pelvis, ruptured aorta, brain swelling, and various bruising & lacerations. He's been in a coma since yesterday and has begun several required surgery's today(Tuesday).
His proceeds from Saturday's bout were no longer on him, and all that was left was his ID and a couple other misc cards. We're all very thankful that he's as tough as he is and seems that he may pull through. That said, it won't be an easy road to recovery and this tragic event has everyone extremely heartbroken.
Anyone who knows Sam, would attest to his kind character, positivity, and being just an overall very good human. He teaches children's martial arts and works security downtown as his primary forms of work outside of competition. We are hoping to raise enough to help Sam recoup what he lost and more importantly, help support him through what is going to be a long and difficult recovery process. He deserves to be on the good side of some luck.
There's an active investigation happening and we hope to have clarity soon. Thanks for reading and PLEASE SHARE if you know Sam & love him like we all do.