LANCASTER – Grieving family members and loved ones of Luis Antonio Morones Padilla held a press conference Friday, Dec. 11, outside the California Highway Patrol office in Lancaster. They spoke about the Dec. 7 traffic crash that claimed Padilla’s life and they reached out to the community for financial support to bury Padilla and to help provide for the children he left behind this holiday season.
The press conference was organized by the community non-profit Agents of Change.
“We are here today [Dec. 11] to appeal to the public to make sure that you come out and support us. We’ll be fundraising for the family and for the kids,” said Agents of Change President Dr. Miguel Coronado.
“If you are going to give to any charity this season… please think about this family,” Coronado added.
A fundraiser will be held from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. this Sunday, Dec. 13, at a Lancaster residence, located at 1162 West Ivyton Street. Tacos will be provided, and donations of any amount are welcome.
“Please rally around this family, they need our support. There are children involved here and we need to do everything that we can to be a blessing to them this holiday season,” said Padilla’s pastor, Kem Gaskin of World Harvest Christian Outreach in Lancaster.
Luis Padilla died Dec. 7 after losing control of his car on the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway. He was thrown from his overturning vehicle and then struck by a big rig and another vehicle. [Read details of the crash here.]
Padilla had been rushing home to Lancaster to meet his family obligations, according to his fiancee, Karla Pineda.
“Luis was a good father, he was good man. He was trying to get home on time so I could get to work on time, and [he could] take care of the kids…. He texted me, ‘I’m on my way,’ and of course, he never got home,” Pineda said, through tears.
Padilla’s older sister, Araceli Morones, said they lost their mother only six months ago to lung cancer. The financial burden on the family has been compounded with Padilla’s passing, she said.
Another sister, Janeth Morones, urged the community to support an online fundraiser for Padilla’s funeral expenses. To support this effort, visit https://www.gofundme.com/7mdt9c4k.
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