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Fundraiser Set Up for 5 Children of Man Killed in Freeway Accident

Friends of Jimmy Hughes, Jr., the victim of a fatal wreck on the 134 Freeway Friday, have established a fundraiser for the man's family. The target is $5,000.

The man who died in an overturned wreck on the Ventural (134) Freeway Friday was a single father of five young children.

And these folks could use a little financial help. So family friend Angie Grepo has set up an online fundraiser for the children of Jimmy Hughes, Jr., available on youcaring.com. You may see the page and contribute here. 

The 37-year-old Eagle Rock resident lost control of his Chevrolet Suburban in Glendale last week. The vehicle barreled down an embankment and crossed the median into eastbound lanes, colliding with a Toyota Solara before overturning. Los Angeles County Coroner Assistant Chief Ed Winter said Monday that heart disease and blunt force trauma were the causes of death - indicating Hughes may have had a heart attack while driving. 

The unexpected death of their father has left his two sons and three daughters in an economically vulnerable position, Grepo said. She described Hughes as "a good friend'' and "an awesome father.''

On the fundraising page Grepo wrote: 

As you all Jimmy Hughes Jr was an amazing Single father of five. He left behind 2 young men and 3 beautiful girls. We ask for your support in any amount possible. No amount is too great or too small. These funds will allow Jimmy's Family to provide anything the children may need. The Hughes family consists of great people. They deserve all the support and prayers you have to offer. Thank you for your time and your generousity [sic].

Friend of the family Marcos Arroyo echoed Grepo's sentiments. He described the Hughes family as "hard working'' and "like most of us, just trying to get by and make the best of life.'' 

Added Arroyo: "We just pray and hope that Jimmy's kids will be able to heal, to live a normal life as possible, and to make something positive of themselves and to make their father Jimmy Hughes proud,'' Arroyo wrote in an email to Patch. 

The fundraising page says the family hopes to raise $5,000. As of early Monday, they've raised $495.

Memorial Service

A service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Dominic’s in Eagle Rock, 2002 Merton Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90041. There will be a gathering afterward at Eagle Rock park gym. A friend of the family requested that guests please bring a dish or drinks.

sarah b September 19, 2012 at 06:24 AM
Jimmy gave his all to his kids he had help from his wonderful mother leticia and father big jimmy but overall he was exceeding that standards of a single father he stepped in as mom and dad to them and that's a beautiful quality that came very naturally to him because of the love and admiritaion he had for them beyond words he adored his babies and gave them everything they could want and need.jimmy you did a great job all of us will continue to help your mom raise your little cuties in this tough time miss u jimmy
Davina Campa September 19, 2012 at 09:47 AM
I want to say to my sisters & brothers Mina Mina (Marina) Sessa (Alyssa) Jimsters (Jimmy the 3rd) Lady Dee (Deanna) Nate Nate (Nathan) I love you and you all know I'm here for each and one of you individually and together we shall stand family comes first. And to clarify I'm the oldest of Davina Medina's children and I am very proud and happy to say i was a part of jimmy jr life I may have been 9 1/2 years old but knowing him for 14 years now it's a true blessing, and to have a male role model in my life as I was growing up. I know I may not have been his biological daughter but he did raise me for those years of my life and I thank him for every bit of advice he has given me through out time. Like every family not everyone will know all the facts about the relationship between my mother and jimmy jr but that shall be left as is between them selves. As of my part I've always been a part of my sisters and brothers lives and always will be <3 I will always and for ever Remember you jimmy Hughes junior.
Davina Campa September 19, 2012 at 09:52 AM
To Jim and letty I want to say I'm am truly sorry about the loss of your son I understand that there are no words nor actions that can change anything that's happened but I do wish the best to the both of you and I hope you cope well for your health aswell <3 To Rosie and Danny I'm as we'll sorry for the loss of your brother I know there will be no replacement for him in your hearts he truly was one of a kind man he was an awesome person indeed, and a stepfather to me, and may the best of wishes go out to the two of you <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 RIP JIMMY HUGHES JR <3 <3 <3 <3<3<3 with love DAVINA MARIE CAMPA.
Davina Campa September 19, 2012 at 09:57 AM
To Jim and Letti I want to say I'm am truly sorry about the loss of your son. I understand that there are no words nor actions that can change anything that's happened but, I do wish the best to the both of you and I hope you cope well for your health aswell <3 To Rosie and Danny I'm as we'll sorry for the loss of your brother I know there will be no replacement for him in your hearts he truly was one of a kind man he was an awesome person indeed, and a stepfather to me, and may the best of wishes go out to the two of you And thank you to everyone and anyone who is helping my sisters and brothers through this tough time in their lives and please note that it's not only money that's asked emotional / mental support is as wells hank you for taking your time to read this. <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 RIP JIMMY HUGHES JR <3 <3 <3 <3<3<3 with love DAVINA MARIE CAMPA.
Gloria Blancarte September 19, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Thank you all so much for the kind words of encouragement, along with the prayers and financial contributions. It means so much for Jimmy’s Uncle and I (his aunt) to know how much he was loved and admired from not just family, but his friends and now the community. I would also like to take the time to thank Angie Grepo, for getting this fund-raiser up and running for Jimmy’s children. Jimmy was a great son, grandson, brother, nephew, cousin, and friend, however, nothing beats what a great loving father Jimmy was. Words cannot fully describe what a great man Jimmy was. We will always respect and love Booboo very much. He will always be in our hearts. May the Lord Bless you all, Aunt Gloria and Uncle Eddie Blancarte
angie September 19, 2012 at 03:34 PM
I'm so very sorry for your loss. I only did what i would've wanted others to do for my 3 children had something happened to me. I think about those kids cute faces and my heart breaks. Seeing them interact with their Dad and how he put blood, sweat and tears into them 110%. So i did it for them and of course for Jimmy bc he's been there for me and especially for my husband when he needed someone to lean on.
Leticia Hughes September 19, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Davina, this is the time that your going to have to step up to the plate and be a mother. Not a part time mother nor a when I want to mother. Your babies loss a great father that took them in regardless if money was tight for him. That is something you will only regret. I am not here to bash you, but I do need you to be in your children's life's. YOUR THERE MOTHER. Regardless how things are . Your children will need you. So please be in there life's. I will always be by there side and take care of them as my son Jimmy would want. Grieving grandmother and mom of Jimmy.
Leticia Hughes September 19, 2012 at 06:21 PM
@Betty, there left Jimmy and his kids. She wasn't around. That is why Jimmy took his children with he. I am sorry for having to post this, but now she wants everyone to think she has been around. For the longest she never contact her children. I could never understand a mother abandon there children and could go on with her life and NEVER made the effort to see her children. I ask god to help me to forgive her for my grandkids sake. I could never understand how you could carry on with your life and suddenly when there's funds coming in for the children she appears and want to thank everyone. When she did not have any contact with these keeps for the longest time. I will always protect my grand babies as my son did all by himself!!.(
Leticia Hughes September 19, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Betty please read my comment about this mother that happens to appear after so long. Jimmy was a single father and for the longest she never got involve with them. She went with her life leaving them with there father. If you continue to read all the people that knew him, you could see she NEVER care for her children. I am sorry that I have to say something about Her. Someday she will regret it. The children I am sure missed her, but she was too busy taking care of herself. The good love will make that judgement on her. It's funny, now that there is a fundraiser going she want everyone to think she was present all these years. I am so sorry that I need to clarified this and let these kind people know.
Michael Brody II September 19, 2012 at 06:33 PM
I am first cousin to their mother Davina and was able to get to know Jimmy Jr through Bdays and other family functions. I would like everyone to know these children, my "Lil ones," are loved tremendously on both sides of the family. U ask any one of them who their cousin Mikey is n I guarantee their faces will light up with joy. I would like to send my appreciation n gratitude to Jimmy Jr and my cousin Davina for allowing Marina and Jimmy3 to be in my wedding as the flower girl and ring boy in 2009. I will never forget that! Personally speaking i must say although i am much older than the children i do understand the pain of losing your father so suddenly as my father, who the children knew as Uncle Boo, was taking from us last Feb due to a stroke with no warning. My deepest condolences to the Hughes family. To my cousin and all six children your cousin Mikey loves you all and will always be here for you!! With all our love, the Brody family.
Leticia Hughes September 19, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Davina, please don't comment as you are the mother that left your children. We never hear from u for years or months. I will not allow you to acted as if you were in the picture for your children. My son was !!!! And struggle to gives these children lots of love. There is no excuse. As a mother I would have had three jobs just to have my babies with me!!. I will not allow you to take advantage of all these kind people that are now helping the children. So do yourself a favorite and lie to these wonderful people.
Leticia Hughes September 19, 2012 at 06:44 PM
@Michelle and Angie, thank you for making this clear about Davina.
angie September 19, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Ms. Hughes thank you for your thoughts. I'm sure many others have the same question and i want to make sure the people who are taking the time to donate and pray for the Hughes family know their funds are directly being sent to Jimmy Hughes Sr. & the family as Jimmy had full legal custody and the Hughes family will continue to have custody. This is a very sensitive issue and hope no one is offended but Davina you must understand our frustration as mothers. I would like the discussion of Davina to end here. This is about the kids and no one else. Thank you all for continuing to donate without question.
Michele Valle September 19, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Nothing but love to you Leticia ♡
Carlos C September 19, 2012 at 07:09 PM
Jimmy was the most generous, kind hearted person I hung out with.
Leticia Hughes September 19, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Thank you Michelle, for voicing this issue. I too would like her not to post anything and lies as if she was in the children's Life. There were many times my grandchildren would wonder why mom was no where to be found. I NEVER spoke bad about there mother , but prayed that some day she would be a real mother not only by name but by actions. I thank you and Angie for making this clear. Jimmy's mom Leticia
Leticia Coffman September 19, 2012 at 07:33 PM
My heart feels so heavy knowing Jimmy Jr. was a one man band for his lovely children, and now he is unable here for them, I'm so sorry for this tragedy. It is wonderful to know he was as good as they gets, now their lives will need great repair and loving care from everyone around them. So with each prayer I express for my family, I will express for your family. Sincerely Bill and Leticia Coffman, God Bless you all...
Davina Campa September 19, 2012 at 09:46 PM
As the oldest sister of the Hughes children Its pretty sad to say people need to not comment on others post nor talk about other people on this website it's really immature of your selves this website my sisters and brothers will see and read the post of the contribute of their father jimmy Hughes jr. How do you expect the children to have respect for you if your taking this lightly and acting like children arguing on a website that the world could see and read this needs to stop. If all these rude comments could be removed it would be highly appreciated and please do not comment on my post it's my feeling I'm letting out from my heart it shall not be judged nor applaud for thank you with love DAVINA MARIE CAMPA
JOSE FERRUFINO September 20, 2012 at 03:08 AM
ok REMEMBER WE ARE HERE TO HONOR JIMMY AND SHOW HIS CHILDREN HOW MUCH WE LOVE JIMMY LETS KEEP THE PERSONAL DRAMA IN PRIVATE JIMMY WAS A GREAT DAD GREAT GREAT GREAT DAD OK DAVINA PLEASE ...
Mary Helen Lopez September 20, 2012 at 07:34 AM
Jose thanks for posting that comment you post. I will miss my cousin Jimmy. Its been so hard for me to deal with this. I cry for him every day knowing he is in a better place but as now I just can't except it. He was a good father for his kids always there for them Showing me what he did for his kids. I am so proud of him as for a single father and doing a mothers job to by taking care of them and giving them the best. He loves his kids. I will miss you cousin Jimmy. Love Alway your cousin Mary Helen Lopez. You will always be in our hearts. My son Rudy miss you so much.
Nicki Montoya September 20, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Having never had the opportunity to meet Jimmy Jr. I feel like I missed out on meeting an incredible man. Knowing his Dad only sheds a mirror light into what an amazing son his Mom and Dad raised. Let's honor him for the role he has played in everyones life but more importantly the Father he was to his children. He has taught them values, respect and to love one another. I would ask everyone to go listen to the Brad Pasley song When I get to where I am going, the words are very powrful. Kids know you had a GREAT DAD who loved you and will always love you, you are blessed. .
Nicki Montoya September 20, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Having never had the opportunity to meet Jimmy Jr. I feel like I missed out on meeting an incredible man. Knowing his Dad only sheds a mirror light into what an amazing son his Mom and Dad raised. Let's honor him for the role he has played in everyones life but more importantly the Father he was to his children. He has taught them values, respect and to love one another. I would ask everyone to go listen to the Brad Pasley song When I get to where I am going, the words are very powrful. Kids know you had a GREAT DAD who loved you and will always love you, you are blessed. .
lisa September 20, 2012 at 03:03 PM
My name is Lisa, I'm a LA City Employee. I received the email through a Park and Rec Employee. Although I did not know Jimmy, my heart goes out to his family and kids. Seeing the pictures of him and his beautiful kids brought a smile to my face. He is the definition of what a real man is. Leticia, your son will leave a positive legacy for his kids and their future kids. May God bless your family. “One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.” -English Proverb
Tricia Ferrufino September 20, 2012 at 05:42 PM
For the past couple years Jimmy and his children have joined us for Easter egg hunts at our house, and other events I was always impressed at what an wonderful job he has done with his children. Boy do they love their daddy. He is greatly missed and I will pray daily that his children will continue to love and honor their father. Remember he is always with you and continue to make him proud.
Melissa Garcia September 20, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Jimmy such a fun loving dad who would always be cracking up at the silly things his kids would say or do as he tell me about it with a great big smile.meeting jimmy at work and from conversations about life he made it very clear his priority was the well being of his children,first and foremost.....I found something so cute in watching him pull up to the park on his days off and pull all his kids school back packs out one by one and go thr school papers reading some of the kids old school work and so proud he'd get this serious look and say "ok I'm keeping this one" and of course like all parents say"this is going in the trash"and when he felt like that back pack had to go.he'd be nice and say you know any one who might want it? Of course we who are parents know we can always find someone who could use something that we just cant seem to just throw away.I admired watching him clean out the small toys,colorfull girl shoes and sport balls.I just wanna share great memories that I will always remember about jimmy SUPER DAD... he'd say ok gotta go never complaining always in good spirits.my condolence to his family and friends sorry for your lost may he rest in peace.
Leticia Hughes September 24, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Leigh, I just wanted to personally thank you for all the kind words. You are a special person. I am just sorry that my son is no longer here to thank everyone of you. May god bless you and keep you all safe. Love, Jimmy's mom Leticia
Leticia Hughes September 24, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Thank you Rosie, he was a great father, son,grandson and brother. May The Lord keep you safe and thank you for your support. love Jimmy's mom Leticia B. Hughes
Leticia Hughes September 26, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Thank you Nancy for the kind words he was a very special person did a lot for his children and others. He was a. Single father that took both roles of being a dad as well as a mothers role. He was very involved with all the kids in sports and always made sure his children were doing well in school. It brought him joy helping families. He was one that didn't like to draw attention to him. Whatever he did for others came from his heart. He was also a great Artist and always draw hand free banner and other project to all the teams that his children were in involved. He was so very humble. That made him a special man that touched so many people. Thank you and the others for the support and love he had in his heart. Grieving mom and grandmother. Leticia Blancarte Hughes
aimee October 09, 2012 at 07:25 PM
My son went to preschool with Jimmy's son and my husband and I always admired him for taking such good care of all of his kids. He was a friendly guy and obviously loved his kids very much. My heart aches for his family. May God bless them.
Leticia Hughes February 16, 2014 at 10:57 PM
The kids are doing very well. I'm sure they will always have him in there hearts and has done so very well in school. My daughter has been doing amazing job. We try to just keep nothing but great memories of there wonderful dad. They have nothing but fond memories with there dad. I'm so proud to say Jimmy was mine son. He's my hero!! Our lil Nathan just recieved honors for the month for the last two months. Were all working together as a family . Through the grace of god there making it and happy. I have to have to thank my daughter and sisters and my brothers for contributing to the kids. I have to have back surgery, but I know I'll be back to normal and be with my babies! Thank you all for the love and support. I'm taking baby steps to help be get through this for Jimmy's kids. There our world. Her mom has come and has done so well being part of her children's life's and I had hoped and prayed so many times. I forgive her, she's the mother of my grandkids and all I want them to be happy and a great family with lots of love. Thank you all. Davina, thank you for being in your children's life. That makes me happy. I not one to judge. I realize that the only one that can judge us is our lord. Love you son. R.I.P. Mama, I will be with you again my love.

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