It’s with a heavy heart that we report that South Hills star softball player Britney Rodriguez lost her brother Tony in an auto accident Thursday

Our thoughts and prayers are with 18-year-old Tony Ha and Jacinto Rodriguez, the brother and father of South Hills high star softball player Britney Rodriguez. Britney’s brother Tony was killed and her father Jacinto hospitalized after an auto accident Thursday on the 10 freeway. Jacinto Rodriguez’s injuries aren’t life threatening, but obviously this is a very difficult time for the family. Funeral arrangements are pending, and those who would like to help with donations can use the address below.

Mary Rodriguez
“Tony’s Memorial Fund”
212 E. Rowland Street, #214
Covina, CA 91723

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  • IrisNieves

    Thank you, Mr. Robledo, for sharing this.

    Tony was Brit’s greatest fan and best friend. He was at practically every single one of Brit’s games…not to mention all the hours that he would sit on the benches at South Hills just watching her practice. He was very proud of Britney, but it was a quiet pride, something that you could see just by looking at him. He was the only brother of 5 younger sisters and you could tell he would do anything for any one of them. I will miss him. My families prayers and condolences are with Jack and Mary and the girls.

    (Just as a side note, the address for donations is not the families home address…it is a post office box that was set up specifically for this occasion.)

  • Baseball NUT!

    Sad to say after I picked my daughter we ran home, before we headed to the mall to get some shoes. As I got on the on-ramp at Via Verde, it was backed up. We saw the Rodriguez van. We were there roughly at 3:00 and they said the accident was at 2:25. We saw Mr Rodriguez in a stretcher waiting to be put into the ambulance. OUR prayers are with the Rodriguez family at this time. I will make sure I make a donation tomorrow from my 9 yr old daughter’s name.

    R.I.P
    Tony

  • SGV Baeball fan

    I didnt have the pleasure of meeting tony or his family, but my heart hurts for them.
    The family now has a angel to look over them. :(

  • IrisNieves

    correction on my previous comment as I am in a daze…”he was the only brother of *4* younger sisters”

  • Cheryl

    We all need to pull together and help the Rodriquez family. They are a very close family and I can’t even fathom what they are going through, so please all sports families and fans lets do this and help one of our own.

  • Be careful out there

    This is the second time in a few years that South Hills has suffered a traffic related tragedy. The Football team had an terrible incident as well. You never know when something like this can happen. Whenever I se high school kids driving like mad men thru parking lots after school of after games I cringe. I sold a car for this very reason. Every time I was in it I had some idiot buzzing me and taking liberties with my safety.

    What an incredible tragedy and in broad day light…actually both South Hills accidents happened before sunset, so these things can happen at any time.

    Our prayers are with the family.

  • Luvs Softball

    My prayers are with the Rodriguez family. May God comfort you in your time of mourning. My thoughts and prayers are for the entire Rodriguez family.

  • K

    Anthony,
    If you can hear me, I just want to say I love you. You are the most resonsible 18yr old I know. You have always been there to supposrt your sister as long as I knew you. God knew he needed you up there with him, May you R.I.P and dont worry we will meet again one day.

  • IrisNieves

    Car wash on Sunday, 3/28 (today) at 76 gas station off of Merced and Glendora from 10 to 2. All money goes to Tony’s funeral. Please come out and support. Thank you! Address is 1200 S. Glendora, West Covina

    (This is just south of the Mall, after Vincent Ave turns into Glendora)

  • JESSE

    I do not know the Rodriguez, but my prayers go out to your family and friends. Its a tragic to here such a young kid leave this earth. God Bless all

  • BIGDADDY

    The Arrant family would like send our prayers and blessings to the Rodriguez family. I know that in these difficult times, it is important to know that you have people who care about you and support you. We love you guys and we will be praying for you daily.

  • IrisNieves

    Another car wash has been arranged…Saturday, April 3rd at 76 gas station off of Merced and Glendora from 10 to 2. All money goes to Tony’s funeral. Please come out and support. Thank you! Address is 1200 S. Glendora, West Covina

    (This is just south of the Mall, after Vincent Ave turns into Glendora)

  • RUMMAGE SALE

    There will also be a rummage sale at Covina High School this Saturday April 3. Please bring ANY items to donate for the funeral fund. Thank you for your help and donations.

  • IrisNieves

    Volunteers are needed for both the rummage sale and the car wash…please just show up and lend your support. Thanks!

  • IrisNieves

    Today, Britney Rodriguez stepped onto the field for the first time since her brothers passing. She went to school in the morning, wearing her softball varsity jersey, as is the tradition for all varsity team players on game days. She told her mother Mary in the morning that she was returning to school, her first day back since the tragedy, dressed to play only because it was what Tony would expect from her.

    Today South Hills played against Walnut. And although a league game, I must say that to me, todays game wasnt about winning or losing it was about coming together in the face of a tragedy. One would expect the ribbons worn by all the South Hills players Dodger blue in color, since Tony was an avid Dodger fan, with Tonys name written on each one. What one wouldnt expect were the arm bands worn by each and every player and coach on Walnuts HS team, also with Tonys name on them. Prior to the game, flowers were discreetly presented to me and asked if I could give to Tonys mom, along with a sympathy card. And the Walnut parents were amongst the first to clap when Britney approached the plate. What a classy group Walnut parents, coaches and players are! Thank you!!

    No one can really know what was going through Britneys mind during that plate appearance we only saw the tears streaming down her face, through our own tears. Her deep fly ball to right barely missed going out of the parkwe all jumped out of our seats in anticipation. The ball was caught, but Britneys mission was accomplished facing her first at-bat without her brother in the stands. We, South Hills and Walnut, all applauded herwe all stood proud WITH her and proud OF her.

    One more good thing came out of all of this, at least for me, personallyat the end of the game, an old friend and I made our peace. Because when tragedies such as this occur, one realizes that life is too short to live it with regrets.

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