Family of drowned Bellingham teen seeking help with funeral costs


Creek Memorial

A makeshift memorial marks Whatcom Creek Wednesday, May 8, 2013, where Daniel Santiago Guerrero, 16, died after being swept under a swift current in Whatcom Falls Park Monday night. Guerrero jumped into the creek while swimming with friends but did not surface. He was later pronounced dead at the hospital.


BELLINGHAM - Friends and family of a Bellingham teen who drowned at Whatcom Falls Park have set up two memorial funds to help cover funeral costs.

Daniel Santiago Guerrero, 16, drowned in Whatcom Creek May 6 when he jumped in near a 3-foot-tall cascade.

Guerrero, the oldest of six siblings, attended Squalicum High School. He was passionate about music and building bikes, said family friend Jackie Archouletta.

His parents plan to bury him in his native state of California.

At Whatcom Education Credit Union branches, donations can be made to the Daniel Guerrero Memorial Fund, No. 320288.

An Industrial Credit Union account has been set up for Daniel Guerrero, No. 65520.

Services are set for 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, at Northside Community Church, 950 Kline Road.

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