Nyanna & Louis' Funeral Fund

$58,614 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 1,226 people in 43 months
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Fabiana Silva
on behalf of Natalia Perez
 BRONX, NY

Tragedy has struck our family and we are asking for your help. This Halloween we lost two beautiful souls: Nyanna and Louis. Spending time with our family is a priority, so we decided to spend our Halloween creating  memories with our girls by trick-or treating in our neighborhood. Unthinkably a car spun out of control and struck our group, instantly taking the lives of Nyanna, who was only 10 years old, and her grandfather, Louis. Louis pushed two of Nyanna's sisters out of the way of the oncoming vehicle, saving their lives, and died holding Nyanna's hand. 

Nyanna was a beautiful girl. She was a perfect, daughter, sister, and friend. She wanted to be a dancer and had her whole life ahead of her. Her grandfather would take her to school every day and was a major support in her and her sisters' lives.

Louis was a hero 'till the end. A Vietnam veteran with a purple heart, he died saving his granddaughter's from death. He died doing what he loved: spending his precious time with his family.

In the end, time is not promised and love is all we have. Having been able to experience the love of Louis and Nyanna's spirits gives meaning to the word grateful.

Now we need your help laying them to rest. The funds we collect will go towards funeral costs and to help the family cope with related expenses. Please help us remember the selfless and the innocent. Please help us remember Nyanna and Louis.



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Today we celebrate those who put their lives at risk in the name of protecting our nation. Louis lived through these ideals even after his time in the war. He protected his family as he had protected our country; with his life. That's how his father taught him to live. That's how our family continues to love. Those who maintain the legacy of valor and honor keep his memory alive. Thank you, veterans, for all that you do and all that you've done. Thank you Louis for being a soldier until your last breath.
Louis and his father, proud veterans
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(this message was incomplete earlier today due to technical difficulties)

A message from Natalia:

Our spirits are happy! We know that Nyanna and Dad are doing well! My beautiful daughter Sanaya has been such a pillar of strength for the entire family! She's a carbon copy of myself in that way! She's taking a big step towards moving forward with our lives and I'm so proud of her! She's going to do amazing things in this world! I'm sure of it!!
Natalia with Little Sanaya
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We have finally completed the task that life put before us. Nyanna and Louis have reached their final resting place, and we could not have done it without your help. Because of you, we were able to keep Nyanna and Louis together even after death. We were able to have a wake that allowed the public and all of our family to pay their respects, and, after joining in worship, we were able to provide a place for our family to gather and act as support during such a strenuous time.

All of us have a hole in our hearts that will never truly be filled. No one will replace Louis' role in the girls' loves. However, your help has enabled Natalia to provide the surviving girls, Sanaya and Yasmina, with more support in the coming days.

These two days have been the beginning of healing. Everyday we continue to walk towards wholeness, and everyday you've remind us that we are not alone. Thank you is not enough to truly express our gratitude. Your love has extended our family circle to include all of you. As the weeks turn into months and years, please continue to hold that feeling in your hearts. Remember that there are no strangers in this world, just family you haven't met yet .
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The glory of the heavens greets us daily with each golden sunrise. The sky bursts blue with rolling white clouds, and the birds come alive with song. Every morning we have the choice to become drunk with awe or numb with our routine. Today we cannot help but pause and recognize the wonder that surrounds us. We see in it the spirits of our beloveds, and feel their presence as we lay them to rest at last.

Join us for a final service at Harvest Fields Community Church.
2626 E. Fremont Avenue
Bronx NY 10461

Service begins at 10:00 and is open to the public.

The family will hold a private burial later today.
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Natalia Perez
43 months ago

The amount of love and support from the entire Bronx community as well as country has been amazing! Our family feels so blessed to have gained 2 Angels in heaven watching over us! Thank u all for your hugs kisses and well wishes

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Wali Aquil
43 months ago

Thanks for the love and support. My father in law and daughter made the world a better place and my family would loke their send off to be one to remember. Thanks again.

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Bianca Christiansen
43 months ago
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Such a beautiful family! I've shed tears over this, myself. I just can't imagine the aching sorrow you must all feel. I will keep you all in my thoughts & send positive energy & healing your way. Louis gave the greatest sacrifice for his girls & was able to be there for Nyannas transition. I truly believe that.

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Antoinette Chica Redus
43 months ago
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I'm from Lafayette, La. My deepest condolences goes out to you and your family..My heart is aching from such tragedy...Today is my dads B-Day and his beautiful soul is RIP.....Again may GOD bless you and your family!!!!......Strength, Love, and Togetherness...#Family#

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Khloe Nette Nette
43 months ago
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As a resident of the Morris Park area, this has broken my heart in pieces. To see not only the life of a Purple Heart Vet taken from him not in the battlefield but right in his backyard in this horrific accident and to make matters worse to take his life alongside his granddaughter who is te same age of my daughter. Ironically, my daughter was out trick or treating with my dad so this HIT HOME HARD!! I pray for this family, for their souls for a little life who was taken and this 24 year heroic brother as well that died saving his sister. May they find peace and may their families heal with all the support and strength. I GOD BLESS THESE VICTIMS and give strength to each of these grieving families. We are a grieving COMMUNITY

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Maria Lopez
42 months ago

Natalia as long as you strong we strong with you god bless you and your family.

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Patricia Allinger
42 months ago

I just want you to know that you and your family will be in our prayers always. God Bless and take care remember you have two other beautiful children to take care. My granddaughter goes to PS 83 and remembers your daughter.

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Natalia Perez
42 months ago

Words truly cannot express the amount of gratitude our family has gained for the support received from so many! I love everyone of you and am so appreciative for the love and generosity.

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Eva Kindaichi-Lazaar
42 months ago

Extending love and support, oh how we would have loved to celebrate great new events as old friends together, sharing our times together, but here we are celebrating angels watching over us. May you know how those that know you and your family feel with you and hold you in thought and prayer. God Bless You.

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Getnfitchocolate ForMe
42 months ago
Annamaria D'onofrio Holzknecht
43 months ago

May God Bless you both!! You are now ANGELS!! holding hands together. May these Two ANGELS WATCH OVER THE ENTIRE FAMILY!!" Some people dream of holding an ANGEL but you got to hold TWO ANGELS" My heart and prayers to the entire Family. God Bless you all!!

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Carmen Melendez
43 months ago

I am a friend of Al your uncle and my daughter lives down the block from the tragedy and gave treats to your babies, my family and I are truly sorry for your loss sweetie. I know the pain you are going through. May the lord give you the strength to continue . Your 2 Angels will always be by your side. Prayers to you and your entire family

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Nancy Porcaro Bisordi
43 months ago

Natalia, Your deep faith has provided you with the strength and clarity of mind to get through this unimaginable time. I admire you more than I can put into words.... My daughter Elena is a teacher at PS 83 and grieves with the entire community. I assure you, you will get through this. Your 2 precious daughters will look to you and ask questions that have no answers. I'm confident you will know what to say. Pray to Mother Mary for strength and she will guide and carry you. My heartfelt prayers and admiration for you...... Nancy

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Evelyn Bruno
43 months ago

Prayers for strenght and inner peacepeace. May your beautiful Angels Rest in Peace until you meet up again....

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Maria Hunt
43 months ago

Praying for your family! My sincere condolences. God's love and blessings!!!

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Sylvia Miranda-Rosa
43 months ago

My heart is hurting for the families. ..I'm so sorry for your loss. My son Brandon is in Sanaya's class and so deeply saddened by Sanaya and her families loss. Just know that the entire school at PS 83 has you all in our prayers!

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Shevon R Fraser
43 months ago

I lived on the same floor, 5 steps away from his door last year with Louise & the girls.. He was always so pleasant & respectable man. Not to mention how he love the girls. I have never seen him with out them, he was a good grandfather & those girls were the sweetest & well mannered girls. I'm so hurt to learn this happens to this family. God is gaining 2 beautiful souls in heaven. God bless!

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Tracy Cottrell
43 months ago

My condolences and prayers for your family. What an amazing grandfather and daughter. An amazing hero Nyanna's grandfather was. May your fond memories of Nyanna and Louis always bring smiles to your faces. You have gained two beautiful angels that will watch over you always. RIP Nyanna and Louis

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Mitchelle Cobb
43 months ago

you are a brave and amazing mother and daugther I admire your strength you have two angels watching over you ❤️ our prayers are with you if you need anything else please dont hesitate to ask you ARE NOT alone

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Stephanie Raimondi Hoina
43 months ago

A little ray of sunshine peeks through the clouds….glad to hear of Yasmina's progress.

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My deepest condolences to your family on the loss of Nyanna and Louis.

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KATE OTTO
42 months ago

To the family of Louis and Nyanna i am so very sorry for such a great loss. God Bless you all. With my deepest sympathy, Kate

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Natalia Perez
43 months ago

The amount of love and support from the entire Bronx community as well as country has been amazing! Our family feels so blessed to have gained 2 Angels in heaven watching over us! Thank u all for your hugs kisses and well wishes

+ Read More
Wali Aquil
43 months ago

Thanks for the love and support. My father in law and daughter made the world a better place and my family would loke their send off to be one to remember. Thanks again.

+ Read More
Bianca Christiansen
43 months ago
2
2

Such a beautiful family! I've shed tears over this, myself. I just can't imagine the aching sorrow you must all feel. I will keep you all in my thoughts & send positive energy & healing your way. Louis gave the greatest sacrifice for his girls & was able to be there for Nyannas transition. I truly believe that.

+ Read More
Antoinette Chica Redus
43 months ago
1
1

I'm from Lafayette, La. My deepest condolences goes out to you and your family..My heart is aching from such tragedy...Today is my dads B-Day and his beautiful soul is RIP.....Again may GOD bless you and your family!!!!......Strength, Love, and Togetherness...#Family#

+ Read More
Khloe Nette Nette
43 months ago
1
1

As a resident of the Morris Park area, this has broken my heart in pieces. To see not only the life of a Purple Heart Vet taken from him not in the battlefield but right in his backyard in this horrific accident and to make matters worse to take his life alongside his granddaughter who is te same age of my daughter. Ironically, my daughter was out trick or treating with my dad so this HIT HOME HARD!! I pray for this family, for their souls for a little life who was taken and this 24 year heroic brother as well that died saving his sister. May they find peace and may their families heal with all the support and strength. I GOD BLESS THESE VICTIMS and give strength to each of these grieving families. We are a grieving COMMUNITY

+ Read More
Maria Lopez
42 months ago

Natalia as long as you strong we strong with you god bless you and your family.

+ Read More
Patricia Allinger
42 months ago

I just want you to know that you and your family will be in our prayers always. God Bless and take care remember you have two other beautiful children to take care. My granddaughter goes to PS 83 and remembers your daughter.

+ Read More
Natalia Perez
42 months ago

Words truly cannot express the amount of gratitude our family has gained for the support received from so many! I love everyone of you and am so appreciative for the love and generosity.

+ Read More
Eva Kindaichi-Lazaar
42 months ago

Extending love and support, oh how we would have loved to celebrate great new events as old friends together, sharing our times together, but here we are celebrating angels watching over us. May you know how those that know you and your family feel with you and hold you in thought and prayer. God Bless You.

+ Read More
Getnfitchocolate ForMe
42 months ago
Annamaria D'onofrio Holzknecht
43 months ago

May God Bless you both!! You are now ANGELS!! holding hands together. May these Two ANGELS WATCH OVER THE ENTIRE FAMILY!!" Some people dream of holding an ANGEL but you got to hold TWO ANGELS" My heart and prayers to the entire Family. God Bless you all!!

+ Read More
Carmen Melendez
43 months ago

I am a friend of Al your uncle and my daughter lives down the block from the tragedy and gave treats to your babies, my family and I are truly sorry for your loss sweetie. I know the pain you are going through. May the lord give you the strength to continue . Your 2 Angels will always be by your side. Prayers to you and your entire family

+ Read More
Nancy Porcaro Bisordi
43 months ago

Natalia, Your deep faith has provided you with the strength and clarity of mind to get through this unimaginable time. I admire you more than I can put into words.... My daughter Elena is a teacher at PS 83 and grieves with the entire community. I assure you, you will get through this. Your 2 precious daughters will look to you and ask questions that have no answers. I'm confident you will know what to say. Pray to Mother Mary for strength and she will guide and carry you. My heartfelt prayers and admiration for you...... Nancy

+ Read More
Evelyn Bruno
43 months ago

Prayers for strenght and inner peacepeace. May your beautiful Angels Rest in Peace until you meet up again....

+ Read More
Maria Hunt
43 months ago

Praying for your family! My sincere condolences. God's love and blessings!!!

+ Read More
Sylvia Miranda-Rosa
43 months ago

My heart is hurting for the families. ..I'm so sorry for your loss. My son Brandon is in Sanaya's class and so deeply saddened by Sanaya and her families loss. Just know that the entire school at PS 83 has you all in our prayers!

+ Read More
Shevon R Fraser
43 months ago

I lived on the same floor, 5 steps away from his door last year with Louise & the girls.. He was always so pleasant & respectable man. Not to mention how he love the girls. I have never seen him with out them, he was a good grandfather & those girls were the sweetest & well mannered girls. I'm so hurt to learn this happens to this family. God is gaining 2 beautiful souls in heaven. God bless!

+ Read More
Tracy Cottrell
43 months ago

My condolences and prayers for your family. What an amazing grandfather and daughter. An amazing hero Nyanna's grandfather was. May your fond memories of Nyanna and Louis always bring smiles to your faces. You have gained two beautiful angels that will watch over you always. RIP Nyanna and Louis

+ Read More
Mitchelle Cobb
43 months ago

you are a brave and amazing mother and daugther I admire your strength you have two angels watching over you ❤️ our prayers are with you if you need anything else please dont hesitate to ask you ARE NOT alone

+ Read More
Stephanie Raimondi Hoina
43 months ago

A little ray of sunshine peeks through the clouds….glad to hear of Yasmina's progress.

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