Buffalonian loses husband on trip to Honduras – family raising money to bring his body back home.

March 30, 2018

Written By

Mary Friona Celani

It’s is a devastating thought. Alex Cruz was visiting family in Honduras when he unexpectedly passed away on March 26th. Now, Shannon Cruz has the daunting task of bringing her husband’s body back home – something that comes with heartbreaking effort and astronomical costs.

Shannon’s brother, Justin Kruse has started a Gofundme fundraising page to help with the costs. Justin tells me his family is overwhelmed with grief, “Our world has been shattered by the death of Alex.”

Justin told me it is – as we all might imagine – an incredibly difficult time for the family. 

 

Shannon was born and raised here in Buffalo, graduated from Buffalo State, became a Buffalo school teacher, before moving to St. Petersburg, Florida where she has a beautiful life with her husband, Alex.

Alex was a massage therapist, a martial arts trainer and MMA fighter.

But more importantly, he was a loving husband and father of two girls.

 

          

Shannon and Alex married in 2007. Justin says his family here in Buffalo is simply heartbroken at this unbearable loss and they are working hard to help his sister through this time.

If you can help this family to bring Alex home, here is a link to their GoFundme page.  https://www.gofundme.com/zutp2-funeral-expenses

This is a beautiful tribute to this beautiful couple.

 

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12 Comments

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    Shannon is my niece and my heart is breaking, Alex was the one of the most beautiful human beings that I ever met, he never had a cross word for anyone. He called me Tia, and would always tell me he loved me. Im going to miss him a lot.

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    Shannon is my niece and my heart is breaking, Alex was the one of the most beautiful human beings that I ever met, he never had a cross word for anyone. He called me Tia, and would always tell me he loved me. Im going to miss him a lot.

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    My heart goes out to Shannon and Alex’s family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

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    My heart goes out to Shannon and Alex’s family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

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    The Best Nephew any uncle could wish for..Alex was a loving and kind person that would Actually give you the shirt of his Back….Alex you will be Greatly missed and never forgotten….

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    The Best Nephew any uncle could wish for..Alex was a loving and kind person that would Actually give you the shirt of his Back….Alex you will be Greatly missed and never forgotten….

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    It will be a lot easier now that Alex has been Cremated in Honduras , Shannon has a lot of difficult roads in front of her, her Mother Connie is helping her thru these difficult weeks. We all love this Family.

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    It will be a lot easier now that Alex has been Cremated in Honduras , Shannon has a lot of difficult roads in front of her, her Mother Connie is helping her thru these difficult weeks. We all love this Family.

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    Shannon,
    I’m so sorry to hear this. Alex was a great guy and you two were very happy together.
    I’m praying for peace and comfort for you.

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    Shannon,
    I’m so sorry to hear this. Alex was a great guy and you two were very happy together.
    I’m praying for peace and comfort for you.

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    Our hearts go out all the family members affected by the horrific tragedy. We do not know Alex and his immediate family directly, but we feel your loss through his Uncle Dave. We are praying that God will give you the strength you need at this time, and will also keep Alex alive in your hearts.

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    Our hearts go out all the family members affected by the horrific tragedy. We do not know Alex and his immediate family directly, but we feel your loss through his Uncle Dave. We are praying that God will give you the strength you need at this time, and will also keep Alex alive in your hearts.

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