Everything happens for a reason, even an unexpected death.
Galo Ulloa — a 65-year-old motorcyclist who died when he collided with a big rig at Buena Vista Street and Burbank Boulevard Nov. 30 while passing through the intersection on his way to work — will go on to help other in memoriam through an orphanage, his family said.
Ulloa's family, who held a memorial service Thursday for the 25-year resident, say they moved past the grief stage and now want to celebrate his life with an orphanage in his memory.
Ulloa, orphaned at the age of 8 in a small town in Ecuador, learned to survive and work hard at an early age.
He traveled to the city of Guayaquil with his young cousin and by the age of 10, he had his own shoe-shining business. Ulloa and his cousin were too young to rent an apartment and slept in whatever boats were at the river ferry dock. They carried passenger luggage for change.