Memorial set for Benitez family members killed in Montecito mudslides

Family spokesperson sends message of thanks

Memorial planned for four Benitez...

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The Montecito mudsldes killed two young mothers and two of their children from the same large family.

They attended Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Santa Barbara.

A spokesperson for the Benitez family said there will be a service for Faviola Benitez Calderon, 28, Jonathon Benitez, 10,  Marilyn Ramos, 27 and Kailly Benitez, 3, at 7p.m. on Wed., January 31.

Anthony Rodriguez said their husbands Victor and Antonio and Victor and Faviola's youngest son Ian survived.

Ian was rescued by a neighbor named Augie Johnson, who told Ellen Degeneres he stayed behind to watch football the night before, while his wife and daughter evacuated to a hotel.

Ian was released from the hospital and is in the care of relatives.

 His father and uncle are still recovering at Cottage Hospital.

Rodriguez said," The family has no words to express how grateful they are to everyone."

There are several gofundme sites and the family of slide victim John McManigal decided to give donations from their gofundme to the Benitez family as well.

Rodriguez said he took the call during the emergency.

Rodriguez said the family also wants to thank the community ahead of time for giving them the privacy they need during the upcoming service.


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