A Texas family is seeking help to pay for a drowning victim’s funeral

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, TX (ValleyCentral) — Authorities have identified the body of a Texas teenager who drowned on South Padre Island this week — and his family is asking for the public’s help to pay for his funeral.

The body of Alberto Cristian Buitureira, 17, of Los Fresnos, was found Thursday after a 24-hour search about eight miles north of Beach Access 5, sources said.

Cameron County Park Rangers Chief Horacio Zamora confirmed to ValleyCentral the teenager’s identity.

On Friday, Butitureira’s family launched an online fundraiser to pay for the teenager’s funeral.

The teenager’s mother Christina Garcia posted on gofundme.com that her only son “was taken from me so soon and unexpectedly. This money is for his funeral expenses. The fund had surpassed the family’s goal of $3,000 as of 3:23 p.m. Friday, having collected $5,462 from 133 donations.

Justice of the Peace Benito “Bo” Ochoa IV said the teenager lived in Los Fresnos and had family there and in Port Isabel. Ochoa said an autopsy has been ordered on the 17-year-old boy.

The teenager’s family from Los Fresnos and Port Isabel have been notified, sources confirmed.

“It’s a tragedy,” Ochoa said. “I wish people would be a little more aware of our currents and how to educate themselves if they’re going to go swimming, educate themselves how to swim and how to read the currents and how to work with the current instead of working against it to avoid things of that nature.

At 4:12 p.m. Wednesday, the Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi Command Center received a call from Coast Guard Station South Padre Island that they received a 911 call about a missing swimmer last seen in the water near Beach Access 5.

The 17-year-old is described as a 5-foot, 10-inch tall, approximately 140-pound Hispanic male, last seen wearing black shorts and glasses.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and an HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft crew from Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi and a crew from the South Padre Island law enforcement vessel’s 33-foot Special Purpose Boat were dispatched to search for the missing swimmer .

The South Padre Island Fire Department and Cameron County Rangers were also assisting in the search.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *