Friends and coworkers of Sebastian Gomez Obando are rallying, after the 24-year-old was killed in a construction accident in Chilliwack, Friday.
The Colombian-born construction worker leaves behind a wife and two children, prompting a GoFundMe campaign to help the devastated family.
“He will forever be in the hearts of many; but his wife, son, daughter, mother and father, and other family members’ lives will be forever changed. They need our support; but not just today, this week or this month. They need it for their future. For those of you who personally know this wonderful man / family, we need to remember not just now, but months and years from now that this family needs constant support.”
Organizers have also set up trust for the family through Coast Capital savings.
According to the campaign, Gomez’ parents and younger brother had quit their jobs in Alberta and moved west just two weeks ago to try and bring the family closer together.
“The family commented that they were blessed to have these two weeks here. Sebastian and his brother have had some time to bond, and at the age of 16 he had the opportunity to have one driving lesson with his big brother.”
Gomez was working for a concrete pouring company when he was killed and another worker injured Friday, in an accident at a Chilliwack apartment construction site.
The B.C. Coroner’s service says the pair were struck by a concrete boom.
WorksafeBC is now investigating.