Gregory Martinez
Gregory Martinez

Weekend fundraisers collected more than $10,000 for the family of a 12-year-old Wilmington boy who died suddenly at home, a family member said Monday.

Sandra Torres thanked donors who attended a car wash, a movie night and other programs scheduled in response to the death of her nephew, Gregory Martinez, on Nov. 4.

"I'm just so overjoyed and proud to be a part of a community that is filled with so much love and support, not only Wilmington, but also our surrounding cities: Carson, San Pedro, Lomita, Long Beach, Torrance," Torres said.

"Residents from all around came together and showed their support for this. We are ever so blessed and grateful. There is no doubt that Gregory is up in heaven smiling down upon us feeling like a `king.'

Gregory, a seventh-grader at Wilmington Middle School, was found lifeless in the bathtub at home. His father tried to revive him with cardiopulmonary resuscitation until paramedics arrived.

He was pronounced dead at County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Coroner's officials determined that Gregory drowned. It's possible he had suffered an epileptic seizure.

One of 13 children ages 3 to 18, Gregory played football and baseball with the Wilmington-Carson Pilots, a youth program that scheduled the weekend fundraisers.

Visitation is set for 5-8 p.m. Thursday at All Souls Mortuary in Long Beach. Services are set for 10 a.m. Friday at Holy Family Catholic Church in Wilmington.

Donations can continue to be made at http://bit.ly/T0Gj8W.

"I started this fundraising page for the family and I'm truly amazed at how much support we're getting and how much people are grieving with the family," friend Socorro Sisneros said.

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