Cypress Park center mourns a young life lost in a street car race

The staff at the Cypress Park FamilySource Center watched Estephanie Orduna grow up before their very eyes, first as student, later as a volunteer and most recently as an employee at the city-run community center. It was her first job, and her co-workers said the young woman who was also attending a beauty school in Boyle Heights was beginning to come into her own, according to a story in the EGP News. But, earlier this month, Orduna’s grieving parents showed up at the center to let the staff know that she had died the day before in a fatal street race accident in the 3800 block of Griffin Avenue.

“It is like someone stabbed me in the chest,” employee Grace McFarland
told EGP News. “It’s like losing a child.”
Orduna was the passenger in a Mustang being driven by 19-year-old Jesus Lopez, who faces manslaughter charges. Police are still searching for the driver of the other vehicle involved in the accident.

This past week, the Cypress Park FamilySource Center organized a fundraiser to help the Orduna family. “She was one of the local residents on a real road to success,” said center director Michael O’Connell.

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