In Memoriam, Henry Sanchez & Penny Avila

The following release has been issued by the office of Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez.  All of us here at the Orange Juice blog offer our sincere condolences to the Congresswoman and her family at this time of loss in their family.  Please read the release below.  There is an opportunity to make a donation to a number of local charities and non-profit organizations in the name of the departed.

Dear Friends of the Sanchez Family:

It is with a heavy heart that we let you know that our oldest brother Henry and his girlfriend Penny were involved in a boating accident off the coast of San Pedro Wednesday shortly after midnight. The coast guard found the wreckage of the boat and debris from the boat but have not recovered any survivors or bodies. It was determined that shortly after midnight there was a collision with a barge that was being towed by a tug boat into shore. It is unlikely that Henry and Penny survived the impact but if they had been thrown from the boat into the water the time of survival has now passed.

We want to thank those of you that have prayed for us during this difficult time. We ask that you continue to pray for not only Henry and Penny but for our family and Penny’s family as we continue to grieve our loss.

In a celebration of Henry’s life, we are planning a memorial mass for this Friday, October 10th at 10:00am at St Anthony Claret which is located at 1450 E. La Palma Avenue in Anaheim.

In lieu of flowers, if you would like to make a donation in Henry’s name to one of the following charities:

Alzheimer Association of Orange County

Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific

Museum of Latin American Art

May god bless you all.

Loretta, Frank, Martha, Iggy, Linda & Mike Sanchez

District Director
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez

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