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Services for The Estrada Family Will Be Held This Weekend PDF Print E-mail
Written by Diana Martinez   
Thursday, 23 January 2014 01:45

It will be an inconceivable task to say goodbye to four family members at the same time. Funeral services will be held this Saturday Jan. 25 for Uriel Estrada 41, his wife Maria 35, and their two children 12 -year-old Isabel and 8-year-old Alejandro.

The family will be buried at Mission Cemetery in Mission Hills on Saturday following a mass at Santa Rosa Catholic Church in San Fernando. The Santa Rosa Catholic school children's choir will sing at the services – Isabel was a member of the choir. “It's been very difficult.” said a family member.

“We would like to mourn our loved ones privately.” The fire has shocked the community and raised concern about the living conditions in the converted barn that the family had recently moved into. It was Uriel Estrada's birthday on the day the fire broke out -- he had planned to attend Isabel's science project presentation at Santa Rosa Catholic School. Isabel had requested that date because it was a special day for her dad.

The Estrada and Jimenez family has not only had to contend with the shock of the horrific fire that took the lives of an entire branch of their family, they've had to deal with the glare of television cameras and questions from reporters they don't yet have answers for.

The family has been told that it would take two to three weeks before receiving information from the investigation. “We just don't want to speculate, and want to wait for the report,” said a member of the Estrada family. But they said that want the community to know that they appreciate the outpouring of support they've received A car wash was held last weekend and a fundraiser at the Valley Wingpit in San Fernando and there are plans for additional events to assist with funeral costs.

A makeshift altar has beenplaced on Eldridge Street near the home that the family had just moved into. There are four crosses and baseballs written with messages, a baseball cap from the Elite Team reads: RIP #19, the number of Alejandro's jersey.. Alejandro, “Alex” was a a member of the Las Palmas League that played at Las Palmas Park in San Fernando.

The Estrada family was a well known family with deep roots in this tight knit community and were very involved in the Northeast valley community and the Santa Rosa Catholic Church community. “This is such a loss for the school family,” said Monica Valencia, a spokesperson for the L.A. Archdioses.

Santa Rosa Catholic School has set up a fund. Those who wish to contribute can make checks out to Santa Rosa Bishop Alemany, and note Estrada/ Jimenez Family Fund on the check. (Estrada is the father's name and Jimenez is the mother's maiden name.) Checks can be mailed to: Santa Rosa Bishop Alemany 1316 Griffith St.,San Fernando, CA 91340.

A private viewing will be held on Friday, Jan. 24 – Mass will be held at 9:00 a.m. On Saturday, Jan 25 at Santa Rosa Catholic Church 668 S. Workman Street in San Fernando. The funeral will follow at 10:30 A.M. At Mission Catholic Cemetery at 11160 Strandwood Avenue in Mission Hills. The family requests that their privacy be respected.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 January 2014 17:11

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