1. Ommy Irizarry, a 36-year-old man from Puerto Rico, was killed Sunday by a small plane that crash-landed on a beach in Venice, Fla., the Associated Press reported. On Tuesday, his 9-year-old daughter Oceana also succumbed to her injuries.
The pilot of the 1972 Piper Cherokee was having trouble with the plane and made a distress call to Venice Municipal Airport at 2:45 p.m., shortly before crash-landing on Caspersen Beach. A woman from the airport informed officials that the pilot would not be able to make it to the airport and planned to land on the beach.
The pilot, Karl Kokomoor, 57, and his passenger, David Theen, 60, were not injured.
Irizarry’s daughter, Oceana, died on Tuesday after being critically injured by the plane, officials said.
2. Irizarry was celebrating his ninth wedding anniversary with his wife Rebecca and their children on the Florida Gulf Coast beach near Sarasota.
Irizarry and his daughter were walking on the beach when the plane crashed. He was killed at the scene while his daughter was critically injured by debris from the plane. She was airlifted to a children’s hospital in St. Petersburg.
3. Hours before his death, Irizarry wrote about how much he loved his wife and thanked her for being with him for nine years. “(I) can’t wait to see what the next 100 have in store for us,” he said in a Facebook message.
4. One of Irizarry’s photos of the family holiday showed the words “I <3 Mom + Dad” inscribed on the beach by their kids.
Irizarry was an Army sergeant stationed in Georgia. A family friend told the Associated Press that he was a “great, hands-on father” to his three children. The family was scheduled to be stationed in Alaska.