The family of Francisco Solorio, Jr. is speaking out for the first time since the surfer’s death.”We’ve been overwhelmed by everyone’s connection to him. We knew he was a pretty special guy, but its great to see everyone saw that in him,” says Solorio’s sister Patricia.39-year-old Solorio was attacked by a 16-foot Great White shark while out surfing off the coast near Vandenberg Air Force Base.Those closest to him have described his love of surfing, but this is the first time that family members have spoken to the media. “What’s really helped is the entire community has rallied around us and support us.”His sister echoes others who have described the loving husband and father of two young girls,”my brother was super laid back and humble. He wouldn’t have wanted us to mourn, or heaven forbid play organ music or anything like that. It’s been all about celebrating his life. That is one reason they chose to set up an alter during the Dia De Los Muertos celebration.”It gives us a chance to see their spirits are still with us,” explains Hilda Zacarias, a close friend of the family.Family members and friends will visit over the next few days, to remember Solorio, and to leave comforting messages.”To be able to share Paquito in this way with the community is not only to honor him, but also to say thank you to the community for all they’ve done.”The Solorio family has set up a memorial fund for Francisco’s two daughters, Frankie and Monique. You can donate to the Francisco Solorio Memorial Fund at any Rabobank location.
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