Girl injured in weekend plane crash pronounced dead

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Posted: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 9:15 am

SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. -- The 9-year-old Georgia girl that was injured when a small plane crashed on the beach Sunday has died, according to the Largo Medical Examiner's Office.

Oceana Irizarry was walking with her father on Caspersen Beach when she and her father were hit by a plane that was making an emergency landing.  Her father, 36-year-old Ommy Irizarry died soon afterward.

The Irizarry Family was visiting the Suncoast from Georgia, where Ommy is an active duty Sergeant 1st Class in the U.S. Army.

Federal officials are still investigating the crash.

While the family mourns the devastating loss of their husband and father, and now daughter, their story has touched hundreds on social media.

Via Facebook, both the Suncoast community and those who knew the family share their prayers and thoughts. Sarah Musgrave writes: “Many prayers for you and your family. May God help you find comfort. Thinking of you."

"As a mother, as a grandmother, I just feel terrible because it's just being in the wrong place at the wrong time," says Sarasota resident Joan Jacobs.

Before that fateful day, pictures show the love among Ommy, his wife, and 3 children as they enjoy what would be their last few days together.

In a statement released Tuesday, the family describes Oceana as a beautiful, intelligent and kind-hearted little girl and a natural artist who loved to learn, and was looking forward to the 4th grade.

Our precious Oceana has joined her daddy in heaven. She was nine years old. Oceana was a beautiful, intelligent and kind-hearted little girl. She was a natural artist who loved to learn. She was looking forward to the 4th grade. Ommy, a Sergeant First Class in the Army, was a beloved husband, father, son, brother, friend and soldier. He lit up the room whenever he entered and was devoted to his family. There are no words to describe the suffering we are experiencing. Their loss is devastating to our family and to everyone who knew them. Thank you to our many loved ones, friends and strangers for your outpouring of love and prayers. Although they are gone, Ommy and Oceana live on through organ donation. Forever, they will be in our hearts. To all of those who helped us on the beach and medical personnel, thank you for your efforts to save them. We will always be grateful to All Children's Hospital for your skilled and loving care of Oceana and our family.

In sorrow, the Irizarry and Power families

"I hope they have a lot of support and other families they can lean on at this time, because I don't even know how you get through something like that," says Sarasota resident Marne Gaston.

Oceana's father, 36- year-old Army Sgt. 1st Class Ommy Irizarry, is described by his wife and family as someone who lit up the room whenever he entered and was devoted to his family.

While the family expresses their devastation and suffering, they write "although they are gone, Ommy and Oceana live on through organ donation. Forever, they will be in our hearts."

At this time, the Irizarry Family asks for their privacy. The U.S. Army is sending a casualty officer to assist the family.

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