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Oxnard woman’s suspicious death leads to organ donation

Oxnard woman's umtimely death leads to organ donations in Texas and California
Tracy Lehr / KEYT

OXNARD, Calif.-A local family is looking for answers and trying to raise awareness about organ donations after losing a loved one.

Ivoree Ann Venegas of Oxnard died after falling out of a moving pickup truck in Houston, Texas last month.

She had been visiting her ex-boyfriend and was there to help him move his family members.

He happens to be a police officer.

Relatives said while they wait for answers a criminal investigation is underway.

Venegas grew up in Santa Paula and became a fitness buff. Friends followed her inspiring transformation and fitness tips on Instagram.

She had an organ donation symbol on her driver's license when she died and that allowed her organs and tissues to help people on waiting lists in Texas and California.

"If someone is in a volatile relationship don't get in the habit of collecting red flags, if there is something dangerous about a relationship get out," said her big brother Isaiah Venegas.

"I want to bring awareness to organ and tissue donations," said Iveree's mother Donna Johnson-Rodrgiuez, " Ivoree's recipient lives five minutes from us and that is a miracle in itself. "

She said no one should have to bury a child.

"There is a life that comes form this tragedy and she will live on through her recipients," said Johnson-Rodriguez.

 Ivoree Venegas' name will be on the Donate Life Rose Parade float on New Year's Day in Pasadena.

Venegas leaves behind an extended family and a big dog named Caine.

A GoFundMe has been set up to help cover her service on what would have been her 40th birthday on Friday Dec. 23.

Her memorial will take place at Love International Fellowship in Ventura on of Dec. 23, at 11 a.m. followed by a reception at the Beso Cafe on E. Main St. in Ventura.

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