Carolyn Connant sent along the following:
I am the brother-in-law of Carolyn Connant, who was on the boat on this fatal day. Here is a letter from Carolyn and David that we are trying to get posted on as many sites as possible.
Please, help us to keep this information alive and in the headlines. Christina is going to need the support of ALL family members, which she considers the MMA to be a Part of her Family.
Your assistance will be greatly appreciated.
Dear Friends and MMA Family,
As many of you know we experienced a tragic accident two Sundays ago on March 11, 2007. For those of you who do not know we took our boat out onto Lake Pleasant, AZ with Dave's best friend Gilbert and his family.
Gilbert's shirt flew into the water and he went in to get it. He immediately showed signs of struggling and Dave jumped in to help. After several types of attempts to rescue Gil we were unable to save him and he went under. The investigators believe he went into shock from the cold water and was unable to move his arms and legs. Unfortunately we have been unsuccessful after two and a half weeks of searching to find his body.
The Sheriff's Department has called off the search.
David's refuses to stop searching though. Valley Protective Services has Hired a gentleman who has been involved with High Profile water recoveries (including Lacy Peterson) to Continue the search. Daily, there are 20-30 family members standing on the shore of the Lake, waiting for news. Please keep everyone in your thoughts and prayers.
We are trying to raise money for Gil's family (his wife and two young boys) to help pay the bills since Gil was the sole income for the family. Gilbert was also an employee of our company.
Christina, Gil's wife, stays home with the boys and spends time taking Jr. their oldest, who has Autism, to his therapy sessions. We are hoping that donations will help her out for awhile so she can continue for a bit to say home with the boys.
A memorial fund has been unable to be set up due to the fact that they have not released a death certificate. Therefore, Dave's company has set up an account BofA in Christina's name for now. If you are interested please send a check to:
c/o Valley Protective Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 11568
Chandler, AZ 85248
We will deposit it into her account. No amount is too small. Think about the cup of change you probably have laying around and go cash it in! If you have any questions give me a call or email me. Please forward this to anyone who you feel may be interested in helping out.