Aug 12

Memorial to Honor Tarpon Springs Mentor Killed in Motorcycle Accident


gazebo memorial for mentor killed in motorcycle accidentA tragic motorcycle accident on the Courtney Campbell Causeway took the life of Leilanie Ortiz a few weeks ago. Those she touched are determined to keep her memory alive.

ABC Action News reported how students at the Cops ‘N Kids after-school program in Tarpon Springs are taking steps to let others know how special “Miss Lo” was to them. Miss Ortiz (known by the kids as ”Miss Lo”) as was a youth specialist in the program.

An 11-year-old who was mentored by Leilanie Ortiz states that “Miss Lo was one of the most loving, warm-hearted people.” “She was one of the best people I’ve ever met, and I miss her,” he said. “She changed my life by telling me that whenever I thought I couldn’t do something, she helped me know I could do it,” said the child,

This child and his mom came up with the idea of building a gazebo in the area beside Cops ‘N Kids in Tarpon Springs, because Ortiz loved to garden and spend time outdoors.
They envision the gazebo in a park-like setting that would be a place of comfort for anyone — and for the children of Cops ‘N Kids to know ‘Miss Lo’ is still watching over them.

The agencies that oversee Cops ‘N Kids are currently looking into getting the needed approvals for the park to be built. Two car washes are already planned to raise money for the gazebo. They’re scheduled for August 27 and September 3 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Advanced Auto Parts, 718 E. Tarpon Ave. in Tarpon Springs. All donations are welcome, and volunteers are also needed. You can contact Kathy Hatch at 727-641-6316 to learn more. Also, click here to view a GoFundMe page set up by Miss Ortiz’ family.

A motorcycle accident can take a person from being with her friends and family, but a motorcycle accident cannot take that person from being within her friends and family. Prayers and thoughts go out to Miss Ortiz’ family and all those she touched. May the gazebo become a reality so all kids can remember their mentor and give others an opportunity to follow in Miss. Ortiz’ footsteps.


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