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Hundreds Pay Respect to Father of 5 Killed in Freeway Crash (VIDEO)

A service was held Friday at St. Dominic’s for Jimmy Hughes, Jr., a single father of five who died two weeks before his 38th birthday.

Some 300 people attended the memorial service Friday for Jimmy Hughes, Jr., an Eagle Rock resident who died in a car accident after suffering a heart attack while driving to work on the 134 Freeway.

An employee of the Department of Recreation of Parks, Hughes died on Sept. 14, just two weeks before his 38th birthday. A single father, he leaves behind two sons and three daughters whose economic vulnerability prompted a family friend to set up a fundraiser for the children on youcaring.com.

You may see the page and contribute here. (As of midnight Saturday, the fundraiser had $14,241 in contributions, well above the initial target of $5,000, which, in light of the generous response, was subsequently raised to $25,000.)

Hughes had suffered a heart attack in 2011 and had a doctor’s appointment this past week, according to his younger brother, Danny, who works for the Port of Los Angeles. He had complained of some discomfort a few days before his Chevrolet Suburban SUV overturned on the freeway, evidently after he lost control following another heart attack, Danny Hughes said.

Jimmy was a likeable man who grew up in Eagle Rock and, along with his brother and sister, went to St. Dominic's Elementary School. Friends, colleagues and family members of Jimmy filled the pews at St. Dominic’s Church for his memorial service, which was held by Father Jerome Cudden. (Danny Hughes estimated that about 100 of those who attended were from Eagle Rock.)

When he asked the Hughes family how many people they expected for the service, Father Cudden told the crowd just before the ceremony began, the answer he got was “about 150.”

The pastor evoked laughter from the gathering when he joked that the sight of the church filled to capacity had tempted him to ask for contributions.

Related: Fundraiser Set up for 5 Children of Man Killed in Freeway Accident.

erikalovesall September 23, 2012 at 10:09 PM
It was so sad. Great seeing you Danny!
Melissa Garcia September 25, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Thank you Danny and family for sharing honor of jimmy with all of us who were touched thru kindness of having been blessed knowing and admiring what he demonstrated in his faith and willingness to survive battles and transform them into something beautiful with life of happiness of others,his children and his family and the character that brought laughter to us who called him a friend.we all mourn the goodness of a wonderful man.
Leticia Hughes September 26, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Thank you to all for all the well wishes and donation. My son was a single father. He worked for the City of L.A. He loved his children endlessly. There were his life. He was a wonderful son, father, brother nephew and grandson. He raised these children with so much love. I was blessed to have such a great son. Thank you all for your support. My name is Leticia Blancarte Hughes and will be arising his 5 children with so much love as my son would want for his children. Jimmy had a heart attack on his way to work that morning as he always took that route. For whatever reason, the good Lord called him home. We will miss him and love him forever. If any would like to express there support or donated to this cause you may go so on the website. its called "You caring.com Thank you again for your support. Grieving mother in LaCrescenta. Leticia Blancarte Hughes
erikaerika October 01, 2012 at 06:11 AM
I love you huero i loved you back in the days and still do. I know you seem happily married huero but i just have to let you know that i love you. Best for you always. I dont care what your mom says.

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