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El Paso organ donor to be honored at Rose Parade

EL PASO TIMES | Victor R. Martinez

Alicia Aofia, left, Eric Aofia’s mother, and Mandy Aofia, right, his widow, discuss their trip to the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif., during which Eric will be honored on a parade float. When he died in August 2015, his organs helped save the lives of five people. One of his organs was donated to science.(Photo: RUDY GUTIERREZ/EL PASO TIMES)

Victor R. Martinez , El Paso Times 2:45 p.m. MST December 23, 2016

Eric Michael Aofia was always a generous person.

It's one of the traits that made his wife, Mandy Aofia, fall in love with him.

"He would give the shirt off his back to anybody," she said. "Anybody who knew him instantly loved him as soon as they met him. He was always giving, even after his life was over."

Eric Aofia, 29, died on Aug. 30, 2015, from his injuries after he reportedly crashed into a semitrailer.

Through his death, five families are enjoying the holiday season when things could have been drastically different.

Eric Aofia, an organ donor, was selected to be honored on the Donate Life Float on Jan. 2 at the Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif. Continue reading