LH family deals with tragic loss
By Jay Seidel
La Habra Journal
Support came in for a local family who suffered a second loss last weekend.
Siblings Oscar Diaz, 23, and Valeria Tinoco, 17 were killed when their car crashed into a tree on Rosecrans Avenue near Euclid in Fullerton last Tuesday.
Diaz was driving his sister, Tinoco, a senior at La Habra High School, home after soccer practice.
Diaz’ 2006 Lexus struck the tree about 8:40 p.m. after he apparently lost control according to Fullerton Police.
Both died at the scene, according to FPD officials.
The deaths mark another loss for their parents La Habra residents Maria and Fidencio Tinoco.
Their oldest son, Hugo Lopez, 20, was killed by a roadside bomb while serving in the Marines in Rawah, Iraq in 2006.
With the loss of Hugo, Oscar stepped up to help his parents. He would often take his sister to events and activities she was involved in.
He had a full-time job at a warehouse in Fullerton but was always available to for his family and for his sister.
Valeria was a senior at LHHS and played club soccer.
The community has come out to support the family after their loss.
A GoFundMe account was established to help the family pay for the services.
Within five days the site has raised more than $24,000 and getting closer to the set goal of $30,000.
The community is invited to the viewing for Oscar and Valeria, to be held at Calvary Chapel La Habra Friday from 5-9 p.m.
Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church on Saturday at 10 a.m.
For more information or for a way to help the family, go to; www.gofundme.com/valeria-oscar-funeral