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Raised by 38 people in 35 months

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On September 28th 2014 richie was an innocent bystander who was shot in the neck Which resulted in severe spine injuries. He's now paralyzed from the neck down, unable to breath on his own. For the past 3 years he has undergone multipe surgeries to help with his eating, and talking. He has has physical and psychological therapy almost everyday, and has tried a variety of treatments to try and improve his condition. At this point, richie is in complete understanding that his condition will not change. Unfortunately he has been in more pain and has developed worsening symptoms as more time passes...  Richie has chosen to come off of his vent.. And will no longer be sustaining life treatment as of sept.26th. He's made this decision with a clear understanding of what will happen when he is off his breathing machine. Feel free to visit him, as these will be our lasting memories, with the understanding that Richie, and the immediate family ask that you do not bombard him with questioning his decision. Thank you for everything everyone has donated, any further donations will go to burial and funeral expenses. Thank you and please continue to send prayers.
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On 9/26 2:00pm Richie started the process to come off of his breathing vent. He was given pain medication to make sure he was comfortable before coming off the vent. Being that he had a high medication tolerance from the past 3 years of treatment they had to continually increase his medication dosage every few hours. Richie wasn't able to come off of the vent until 1:30pm on 9/27. He was in no pain and at peace with his decision to continue with his wishes. After coming off his vent Richie did not pass away until 9:10pm 9/27.. He fought every min..showed real strength inside and out until it was his true time to go. His funeral services will be held at Forest Lawn on saturday 10/7 at 2:30pm in Covina Hills. The family is is About $2000 short from giving Richie the memorial service he deserves. Any donation is greatly appropriated. Thank you all for everything everyone has done for richie and the family.
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Thank you everyone who has donated, called and went to see richie. You are all definitely appritiated!
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Just giving an update! Richie had surgery on 6/7 on his throat and as of today it has helped with using his vocal cords again! So its a very good thing. Just trying to actually make him talk with his voice now.. Sometimes he can be so stubborn. He is also eating solid food again after almost 1 month. His next surgery is on 7/19 to check the progress from his last surgery. Thank you everyone for your support, and feel free to see him, talk to him, have some lunch with him :) visitors only make him feel better and more positive!!! Hes still at reche canyon in colton.
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Thank you everyone who has donated,called and visited Richie. You all are truley appritiated ❤
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Gordie Chavez
4 months ago
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I've known this kid for a long time now my sons friend Richie Garza, he was always a little knuckle head I was always hard on him. I went to see him today cause he asked for me, it was really hard, I have no words for what he is going through and what he has decided to do but like I told him I won't say goodbye I told him have those beers on ice because I'll see you again and he winked at me like don't trip I got you. Maybe it doesn't make any sense right now but my heart hurts and I respect this kid for the decision he's making so he won't be in any pain anymore. My heart goes out to him and his family. I'll never forget you kid. Richie Garza

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Raised by 38 people in 35 months
Created March 9, 2015
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Alexis Lopez
4 months ago

R.I.P Richie

MR
$50
Magdalena Ruiz
4 months ago
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❤️❤️❤️

AG
$100
Anonymous G.
4 months ago
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My thoughts and prayers to you and family !

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Selina Hall
4 months ago
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RIP Richie

Gordie Chavez
4 months ago
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I've known this kid for a long time now my sons friend Richie Garza, he was always a little knuckle head I was always hard on him. I went to see him today cause he asked for me, it was really hard, I have no words for what he is going through and what he has decided to do but like I told him I won't say goodbye I told him have those beers on ice because I'll see you again and he winked at me like don't trip I got you. Maybe it doesn't make any sense right now but my heart hurts and I respect this kid for the decision he's making so he won't be in any pain anymore. My heart goes out to him and his family. I'll never forget you kid. Richie Garza

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