Lake Mohegan drowning victim was ‘devoted family man’
FAIRFIELD — Geovanny “Geo” Tapia-Zuniga, who died after being pulled from the water at Lake Mohegan on Sunday, was fondly remembered by his employer in a GoFundMe set up to support his family.
Tapia-Zuniga, 33, of Bronx Avenue in Bridgeport, was swimming outside the designated swimming area at the lake when he went under and didn’t resurface on Sunday, police said. He was found unresponsive in the water by rescue crews and was pronounced dead at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport.
He became the third drowning victim at the lake in about eight years, police said. A 39-year-old Shelton man drowned there in 2011, and a 10-year-old Bridgeport girl in 2012.
According to the GoFundMe, Tapia-Zuniga worked at the downtown Stamford location of Garden Catering. When he drowned, the fundraising page said, he was spending the day at the lake with his family.
“Geo was a huge part of our Garden Catering family and worked at our downtown Stamford location for the past six years,” the page’s description said. “He was a great friend, a hard-working employee and devoted family man.”
The page said he was an “amazing father” to his 5-year-old son and a “devoted husband” to his wife.
“He worked hard to support his family as well as his father who is battling cancer,” to GoFundMe said.
Tapia-Zuniga was born in Ecuador, where he will also be laid to rest, the page said. Now, the fundraiser said, the family “needs all the support they can get” to off-set the costs that they weren’t prepared to have to endure.
The fundraiser, which was created Tuesday and has a $10,000 goal, can be found at gofundme.com/e4sq64-in-memory-of-geo. As of Tuesday night, $50 had been raised by one person.