Friday, about 40 family members gathered in Pass Christian to remember a local woman who was tragically killed in Austin, Texas. A bright young woman with roots here on the Gulf Coast had her life cut short by a senseless act of drunk driving. For three days, Sandy Le was in an Austin, Texas intensive care unit, fighting for her life until finally, she succumbed to her injuries this past Monday. Stuart Gates, Le’s brother-in-law, says, “At least now there's closure. Last week, they were dealing with the hope of maybe her pulling through a difficult situation, but now it's closure. Now it's getting through the services and moving on.”
Even after such a traumatic event, Le's family is comforted by knowing just how caring of a person she was. Gates also says, “One thing that is just typical of Sandy is that she was an organ donor, and we received word that the organs that she was donating have all found recipients. So that’s just mind blowing because she might not be with us, but she’s still helping people.” Le's family is no strangers to tragedy. Gates also says, “They lost their home in Katrina. They are shrimpers, so they lost their livelihood with the oil spill. They had an uncle lost to sea last July who was never found.” There has been an outpouring of support for Le's family through social media. An online fund has been set up to raise money for Le's medical and funeral costs.
If you would like to make a donation, go to www.fundly.com/assistance-for-sandy-le. The funeral service was Saturday morning at 10 a.m. at Holy Family Parish in Pass Christian and was open to the public.