Honeymoon Tragedy: Groom, Family Grieve in Hospital


Sacramento Community Helps the Rodriguez Family

"You don't ever want to get a call like that, it brings you to your knees -- I don't care how strong you are or what you do for a living," said Victor's father, 60, who works as an emergency notification controller at the California Emergency Management Agency. "You get a little where you can't think straight for a bit -- that was where family and friends stepped in."

Ever since the accident, Jeannie Rodriguez said, friends and family have been helping her family and her daughter-in-law's family, too. A donation fund to help pay for Crystal's memorial service -- which is still being arranged -- and for Victor's medical bills has brought in $15,000 so far, and one individual donor even offered to pay for Victor's medevac flight back to Sacramento, which will cost about $25,000, according to a family friend.

Meanwhile, the bills add up, especially now that Victor enters his third week in the hospital with no word on when he'll be discharged. Neither Victor nor Crystal had health insurance or life insurance.

On July 16 Arena Softball in Roseville, Calif., one of the many places Victor worked, is hosting a tournament to benefit the family.

So far Victor's parents say 28 teams have signed up, and the Oakland A's have donated signed baseballs and tickets to the silent auction.

"That gives you a testament of who they were," Jeannie Rodriguez said. "They both loved family and family is so important to us. It didn't surprise us when [Victor] brought Crystal home … such a beautiful young lady who loved the Lord."

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