"Kind, principled, fearless": Tributes pour in for mother killed in North Vancouver crash

Mar 5 2021, 1:34 pm

Tributes continue to pour in for a Burnaby mother who was killed in a head-on crash in North Vancouver on Tuesday night.

Marcelina Perdido Agulay, or Lina as her friends and family called her, was “a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a teacher, and a devoted community member. And will be missed so dearly,” write Karissa Abad and Pauline Bukovsky on a GoFundMe page they created for her family.

She leaves behind “a family who will miss her so dearly including a son and two grandchildren.”

Marcelina had picked up her husband, Leonilo, from work and was driving eastbound on Low Level Road when a driver believed to be intoxicated crossed the centre line and hit the couple head-on, according to North Vancouver RCMP.

The suspect driver’s car was on fire when officers arrived. The intoxicated man managed to escape before the vehicle burst into flames, and was taken to hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

Leonilo remains in critical condition in hospital.

As of Friday afternoon, the GoFundMe page has raised over $29,000.

North Vancouver MLA Bowinn Ma, BC Premier John Horgan, and Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh (who represents the riding of Burnaby-South) were among those who tweeted their condolences.

“A kind, principled, fearless organizer for the marginalized working class,” wrote Ma. “I’m personally devastated and there are no words to express the depth of this loss to our movement.”

Singh wrote Marcelina was “dedicated” to making life better for everyone around her.

“We have lost a beautiful soul to a tragic accident,” he added. “We’ll miss the way you would lift everyone’s spirits with your infectious smile and limitless optimism.”

Daily Hive has reached out to the organizers of the GoFundMe for further comment.

With files from Megan Devlin

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