The Elks Lodge hosted a memorial dinner and fundraiser Saturday to help the family of Marine Sgt. Manuel “Manny” Loggins, who was shot and killed by an Orange County Sheriff's Deputy in February.
“We are here to show support to the Loggins family,” said event coordinator Desiree Lomack. “This is part closure for the school [Loggins attended Stanbridge College] and part memorial service for him.”
Loggins reportedly crashed through a school gate in the early morning hours of Feb. 7, drawing the attention of a deputy parked nearby. The deputy said Loggins acted irrationally, ignored commands and later tried to drive away. Deputy Darren Sandberg shot him, telling investigators he feared Loggins was endangering his two young daughters in the car.
At Saturday's fundraiser, about 20 to 30 college friends and community members attended. Loggins' family was not present.
“He was the most amazing kind person I ever met, a real family man,” said Laguna Niguel resident Heidi Bremer. “So we are trying to help the family and the girls for their college fund with this fundraiser.”
Close friends and others spoke in honor of Loggins during the dinner, prompting laughter and smiles as people reminisced about the burly Marine.
"He always had a positive, uplifting attitude," said friend Ashley Davidas. "He was always there to help everyone. If you hollered out his name, he would be there."