Memorial grows for victims in deadly drowning at Conimicut Point Beach

WARWICK, R.I. (WLNE) – A memorial is growing at Conimicut Point Beach to honor the lives lost in the tragic drowning that happened on Father’s Day.

10-year-old Yoskarly Martinez was swept away by rough waters and 35-year-old Cardona Sanchez died trying to save her. Two others who also stepped in to help were taken to the hospital.

Now, community members like Armand and Carol Giglio are stopping by to pay their respects.

“All the sudden you have a young 10-year-old girl and a 35-year-old man who went out to save her and people in the hospital,” Giglio said. “It’s just a shame for those families, it’s just so sad.”

Some people left flowers, candles, a hat, and even a sign that read “a wind is rising and your memory fills the Earth”. A cross with both of the victim’s names was placed on the sand bar, where the accident happened.

“It’s quiet right now, it’s just eerie,” Giglio said. “I see the cross out there. This is the first time I’ve been down this season. Just a tragedy that I hope doesn’t have to happen again.”

“I saw the memorial earlier,” Dan Ranreri of Warwick said. “What can you say? It gets real when you see something like that.”

ABC 6 News spoke to the family of 10-year-old Yoskarly Martinez who said she was full of life and a loving and gentle soul.

The family set up a GoFundMe for Martinez to help pay for the expenses to the unexpected tragedy.

According to the GoFundMe of 35-year-old Cardona Sanchez, he was a father, brother, husband, and son, who put other people first in his life. They said, “trying to save a little girl who was drowning shows his love for others and how selfless he was.”

The two did not know each other.

“To see two lives lost at the beach is quite sad,” Gene Olink of North Providence said. “I’m an avid swimmer myself and my granddaughter. Just breaks my heart to see that.”

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