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Friends of migrant who died working hope to send him home

Friends of Pedro Ortiz, a landscaper who was killed while trimming a tree Monday afternoon, are raising money to help his family return his body to his native Guatemala.

Ortiz, who lived in West Palm Beach, was electrocuted when the equipment he was using to trim a tree at a house on Aravale Road in the El Cid neighborhood came into contact with a power line.

West Palm Beach resident Lila Young, a customer from Ortiz' yard maintenance business, has organized an effort to help the family.

"I've known Pedro a long time," she said. "He just was a special person. We all loved him."

Anyone interested in donating can contact Young at (561) 371-3375.

Young said that a funeral service is scheduled for Ortiz at 1 p.m. Saturday at the St. John Fisher Catholic Church, 4001 North Shore Drive, in West Palm Beach.

A viewing is scheduled from 5-8 p.m. Saturday at the Del Lago Chapel, 131 Lakeside Drive, in Lake Worth.

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