Juneau man killed in El Salvador earthquake

Posted: Tuesday, January 16, 2001

JUNEAU (AP) -- A Juneau man was among hundreds of people killed Saturday in the El Salvador earthquake.

Marcus Garcia of Juneau said his brother, Federico Perez, 45, was killed in a landslide. He said Salvadoran government officials called him early Sunday to tell him 10 family members had died in the 7.6-magnitude quake that caused landslides and buried Santa Tecla, a town outside San Salvador.

Garcia said his brother was visiting his family and planned to fly back Sunday. Perez had told his brother it was the last time he would visit El Salvador until he could bring enough money to buy a house for his sister.

Garcia's mother, father, aunts, nieces and cousins, also were killed. A 6-year-old niece lost her legs in the landslide.

Garcia said Perez was an American citizen who had lived in Juneau since 1995. He was head of floor maintenance at the Carrs Quality Center.

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