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By Diane Sieker

Town grieves loss of one of its own, Mariah Garcia


Last updated 7/18/2018 at 11:40am


A GoFundMe campaign to gather funds for Mariah Garcia's family with expenses is exceeding expectations.

On June 29, Anza lost an energetic, popular and much-loved young lady to a tragic auto accident. The entire town is grieving this horrible loss.

Mariah Garcia was born in Oceanside Jan. 20, 1998. Her family moved to Anza in 2001 and she grew up in the Hamilton school system where she graduated with the class of 2016. She attended dental school in 2017 to become a dental assistant and had just started working for Western Dental in Temecula.

She leaves behind her parents, Mario and Anna Garcia of Anza as well as two brothers and one sister.

"Mariah was a free spirited, outdoorsy tomboy that loved her family, friends, fun and Anza," said her mother Anna.

The accident was a blow to the community, involving several of Anza's most promising young people. The loss of Garcia will be a wound that will never entirely heal.

"She was absolutely one of the nicest young women I've ever met, just a good-hearted individual, never caused issues," said friend James Rauton, who said he was shocked by the news of her passing. "She was a good friend to many and she will be missed greatly."

Devoted friend Quiason S. Holt II organized a GoFundMe crowdfunding page with a goal to collect $10,000 for the family's expenses during this difficult time. The goal has already been exceeded by thousands of dollars as friends as well as perfect strangers contribute to this worthy cause, Holt said.

"Mariah had a beautiful soul just like everyone else in her family," wrote Holt. "The Garcia family has been there for me and many others in the Anza community. We've all had so many memorable moments that we'll never forget. Their daughter touched a lot of hearts and she deserves nothing but the best. Everyone helped out and did an amazing thing. Everything about her was inspirational. She wanted the best for everyone else and that's exactly what she deserves."

"For those of you who didn't know Mariah she was the type of person that was ready to take on any adventure," Holt wrote on the fundraising page. "Despite her size she was fearless. When her mind was set she did everything in her power to make it possible. Mariah always put anything and anyone first before herself without a doubt. All and any donations will be given to the Garcia family to help with expenses for their daughter and our friend Mariah Garcia.  She lived a fulfilling life that was taken away too soon.

Thank you for any donation given, it is much appreciated from everyone who knew Mariah Garcia."

Mariah was an avid and fearless motocross rider and loved her bikes and riding friends. 

"She was small but full of life. She loved riding her dirt bike. She had a beautiful spirit. She was drama-free and was kind to everyone she met," remembered Joan Holt.

Chris Ames, neighbor and classmate of one of Garcia's brothers, said that Garcia "was an amazing and courageous person and would have grown to be such a strong, independent woman.

"You can't even put into words the kind of wonderful person she was," Ames said. "It's extremely sad to know one of the good kids that grew up in Anza is now gone without a chance to experience life in its fullest - all the ups and downs. But Anza itself gained an angel and now maybe she can help guide some of the misguided youth into bettering themselves."


Mariah Garcia was an avid dirt bike rider

Ashley Taylor, a friend of Garcia's said that the accident and loss of her friend had been hard on everyone.

"Mariah was a free spirit who had a real zest for life," said Taylor. "She had an old soul and although she was a lot younger than me, she made me feel content with life and grounded. The best representation was that at her Memorial they released butterflies. Mariah is a butterfly in the wind. She is exactly where she is supposed to be – flying high like an angel." 

Mariah's GoFundMe page can be found at

Diane Sieker can be reached by email at [email protected]


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