Community mourns Azusa High School cheerleader Sandra Martinez
An outpouring of support & sympathy from the Azusa community filled Facebook & Twitter as news spread of the passing of Sandra Martinez Friday. Martinez was an Azusa High School cheerleader & honor roll student. Over 160 comments were left on a post from a Facebook page dedicated to the 16-year-old.
The close-knit Azusa community was grieving on Friday as news spread about the death of 16-year-old Sandra Martinez. The high school cheerleader and honor roll student had been kept heavily sedated since Feb. 6, after complications emerged during a biopsy of a cancerous tumor found on her lungs.
RIP Sandra i know i wasnt that close to her but ill pray for you always and your family. your with our god in his kingdom. You are one of the most amazing people ill ever meet. Ill always remember the first time we met it was one of the best moment of my life. She is jjust filled with smiles and joy. My prayers to you your family and all the people who gotten close to you #ripsandra
She's known as "Sassafras," the high-flying cheerleader with the perpetual smile and upbeat attitude. So nobody was the wiser when 16-year-old Sandra Martinez started feeling short of breath while cheering for Azusa High at a January basketball game. "I was at that game and when I was there she was her normal self," Azusa High cheer coach Juliette Molina said.