Please help pay for Cagri Ure Funeral Expenses
Cagri Ure, a young Turkish man, was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident in Fullerton on May 8, 2019. He was the victim of a DUI.
Funeral will be on May 24th if money can be raise by May 21st. His family needs to get here for the funeral services, but they do not have the means. They do not even have US visas. He is married to a young Mexican American lady, who is trying to raise funds to cover the funeral costs and the cost of the family to come here. However, she is very short. The funeral costs close to $17,000 and the family needs another $3000 to get here.
The embassy in DC and the Turkish Consulate in LA are helping with the fundraising efforts, but it would be great if the Turkish community could help raise some funds to hep the family as well.
The Embassy has raised close to 10,000, it falls on the CA community to come up with the rest. The money needs to be paid to the funeral home by May 21st, otherwise the body will be cremated because of lack of funds.
OCTAA is trying to help the family inTurkey get here and also raise some money for the funeral of this young Turkish men.
Please help us.
Cagri's funeral and burial will be held on
May 25, 2019, 1pm
Westminister Memorial Park
14801 Beach Blvd, Westminister, CA 92863.
Any community members and/or donors are welcome to attend. Support from the community will be appreciated.
For all who have been asking for updates on the hateful Hurriyet article, the update is below.
Also, none of the money will be paid to any persons (Cagri's wife or parents). All payments will be made to the funeral home and Turkish Airlines and hotels and any other necessary vendors.
We will try and post the receipts as quickly as possible when we receive them.
Thank you again for all your help and support. It is a privilege to be a part of a community that really comes together for its own at times of need.
We wanted to spare our community some of the more grim details of this debacle, but as always Turkish news media is not as sensitive as we are. Due to some disturbing news in Hurriyet, unfortunately we have been forced to reveal some of the history and details.
We were contacted by the Ure family approximately 10 days ago in order to help their son's remains to be transported to Turkey. It seems Cagri had a verbal request to be cremated that he related to his wife. His wife had started an online funding campaign for the funeral expenses. However the family insisted on having Cagri transported and buried in Turkey.
After intense negotiations over 10 days involving both families as well as the Turkish Consulate in Los Angeles, and Turkish American community leaders in Orange County, a compromise was reached. Cagri will be buried in Westminister observing all the religious requirements.
We have started our funding campaign only after the written agreement was signed, and both parties have agreed. Our Consul General in LA, Can Oguz, was one of this first people to donate followed by many members of our community. I am again very grateful to all of our donors and for the outpouring of support for this young Turkish man.
I will have to ask all of you to please ignore the inflamatory, defamatory and ill-informed news article in Hurriyet. The consulate is working an getting the journalist (!!!) to correct his article (but we all know how that goes with journalism in Turkey). I again apologize for having to share all the grim details of a very sad and unfortunate story and thank all of you on behalf of OCTAA and the entire Turkish American community.
The support has been incredible and humbling and very heart warming. It is good to know we take care of our own when needed.