Mon. Jun 24th, 2024

Modesto Tapia-Clara and his wife and son

Modesto Tapia-Clara, the gardener whose body was found in Santa Ana’s Centennial Park this week, was from Mexico. He was here in the U.S. working to send money back home to his wife Erica and his 1-year old son, Modesto Tadeo.  Sadly his passing has left his family in a bad way.

The news got worse today as the baby that his wife Erica delivered prematurely the same day that Modesto died, has passed away, according to an update posted on the GoFundMe site that was set up this week to help this family to pay for the funeral costs involved in sending Modesto’s body back to Mexico.  The family needs to raise about $5K to send Modesto’s body back to Mexico.  So far they have raised over $400.

Modesto’s uncle is organizing a kermés (food fundraiser) this Sunday at 17465 Koledo Lane, Huntington Beach, CA 92647 starting at 9 a.m. The main cross streets are Beach Blvd. and Slater Ave. Come on down and enjoy some delicious food in support of the Tapia family.

Modesto’s wife Erica will also need help to pay for her medical bills.

If you have any questions you may email Modesto’s cousin Sandra at this link.



By Editor

The New Santa Ana blog has been covering news, events and politics in Santa Ana since 2009.

5 thoughts on “Family and friends trying to raise money to send Modesto Tapia-Clara’s body back to Mexico”
  1. They are welcome to come do car wash in the parking lot of my office. Last car wash for a similar cause they raised $1900 in one day.

  2. I am certain community activists like Art Lomeli ( who is on vacation in ARUBA), Mike Tardiff, Who supports Mater Dei Football, The Bail Bonds Guy. Unum Sunglasses, as well as ONE OC and KIDSWORKS could be called upon to handle this. Councilmember Benavides is said to make $96,000. as EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR. He could spare $2,500 for his people////////

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