(KRON) — OCCIDENTAL, Calif. A 2-year-old boy who died in the rainstorm on Wednesday night has been named by the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office and his family.
Aeon Tocchini, a toddler, died when a redwood tree fell on top of his home on Joy Road in Occidental, California. There are a lot of trees and redwoods in the rural area. The town’s fire chief was the first to arrive, but he and the paramedics couldn’t save Aeon.
His family said Aeon was called “Goldie” because he had beautiful blonde hair shining like the sun.
Aileen Tocchini, the boy’s grieving grandmother, told KRON4 that the boy’s sudden death felt like a “nightmare.”
Aeon was, “full of joy. He brought happiness to everybody he connected with, no matter if he was at a grocery store or at the park, his grandmother said.
The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office says that the child was sitting on a couch in the living room at 5:30 p.m. when strong gusts of wind knocked over the tree. The tree fell through the roof and landed on the child.
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“Trees were falling left and right,” due to the storm and “basically crushed the residence,” said Sheriff’s Sgt. Juan Valencia.
Ron Lunardi, the chief of the Occidental Fire Department, was the first person to get there. “A frantic father came out of the house with the child. He was covered in debris, and he said, ‘My child isn’t breathing,'” Lunardi said.
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Dan and Aisha, Aeon’s parents, must now pick up the pieces of their heavily damaged home. A priest was called to help the family feel better. Aileen Tocchini said, “They’re having a really hard time.”
The toddler’s aunt set up a GoFundMe page to help the family pay for the funeral costs.
“You never imagine tragedy hitting your own family, until one day, it does. Our worst nightmare became reality. Our hearts are broken and our family is shocked and rocked to the core,” the aunt wrote.
She wrote, “Goldie loved to dance. Music moved his soul. He was kind, gentle, and had the most loving spirit. He loved the outdoors like his mama, and his daddy was his hero. His family deeply adored him, and he instantly stole the hearts of those around him. He shined like the sun. If you ever had the joy of meeting Goldie, you would know the light I speak of. His light still shines brightly in our hearts and always will.”
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