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PHOTOS: A Neighborhood in Pain

Lucia Garcia left a big hole in local residents' hearts.

A memorial display for Lucia Garcia outside a San Juan Capistrano home. Patch photo credit: Penny Arévalo
A memorial display for Lucia Garcia outside a San Juan Capistrano home. Patch photo credit: Penny Arévalo

For one well-manicured  neighborhood tucked behind a gate in San Juan Capistrano, the accident in San Clemente last weekend that took the life of four South County residents hit far too close to home.

Lucia Garcia, 27, of San Juan Capistrano was a nanny for a family in the Capistrano Estates tract. An obviously bright young woman, she made friends with all the stay-at-home moms and all the children, said neighbor Mike Johnson.

And now, if they could have their Christmas wish, they would see Garcia again, according to one letter to Santa outside a home.

“Dear Santa,

“I know I’ve been a good girl this year. And I was wondering, all I want for Christmas is Lucia to be celebrating with us this year. Please. Love, Emily.

“P.S. Enjoy the cookies and milk.”

Rick Neff December 13, 2013 at 01:48 AM
Lucia was everything we should each aspire to be – loving, kind, innocent, dependable, responsible, honest, intelligent, diligent…pick an admirable trait and she embodied it. More often these days, folks lament the fact that good news doesn’t sell – sadly to little avail. Just last night, a neighbor commented that the reporting of the horrific outcome obscured an opportunity to spread the word about a truly remarkable person. I applaud and thank you for deviating from the norm to find a piece of good news in this tragic case. We are all so sad but even the brief focus on Lucia's wonderful gifts provided a surprisingly uplifting end to a very difficult day.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) December 13, 2013 at 01:49 AM
From everything I heard, she sounded like a wonderful person whom everyone adored. I'm so sorry for you loss.

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