The following statement has been released on behalf of the Irizarry and Power Families. At this time the families are requesting privacy and will not be conducting interviews with media:



July 29, 2014 - Our precious Oceana has joined her daddy in heaven. She was nine years old. Oceana was a beautiful, intelligent and kind-hearted little girl. She was a natural artist who loved to learn. She was looking forward to the 4th grade.  Ommy, a Sergeant First Class in the Army, was a beloved husband, father, son, brother, friend and soldier.  He lit up the room whenever he entered and was devoted to his family.  There are no words to describe the suffering we are experiencing.  Their loss is devastating to our family and to everyone who knew them.  Thank you to our many loved ones, friends and strangers for your outpouring of love and prayers.  Although they are gone, Ommy and Oceana live on through organ donation.  Forever, they will be in our hearts.  To all of those who helped us on the beach and medical personnel, thank you for your efforts to save them. We will always be grateful to All Children's Hospital for your skilled and loving care of Oceana and our family.


In sorrow,  the Irizarry and Power families.




A friend of the Irizarry family has set-up an account to help Mrs. Irizarry and her children financially cope with this loss.  Click GoFundMeIrizarry to help.