Santos Ruiz and Sergio Tapia, two Long Beach men related by marriage, died within two days of each other. And their relatives — the Ruiz and Cortez families — are seeking money to pay for their funeral expenses.
Ruiz died on Nov. 18 from health issues, according to his daughter-in-law, Marissa Ruiz. Tapia, Marissa’s cousin, was struck and killed Nov. 20 by two vehicles in a bicycling accident on the Vincent Thomas Bridge. Tapia died at the scene.
Ruiz created a website to raise $15,000.
“These two men were taken too soon from this earth,” Marissa Ruiz says on the GoFundMe website. “They both were two of the most giving and helpful men that I had the privilege of knowing.”
To donate, visit www.gofundme.com/37bmvgac.