Victoria Arias’ reputation — of having a welcoming “aura,” and of sharing her talents as a mariachi — brought about 600 to a prayer service Wednesday evening at south-side San Miguel High School’s gymnasium.
On Monday morning, July 10, Arias, a healthy and strong 18-year-old lap swimmer, was found at the bottom of her family’s pool in southwest Tucson.
She had been swimming laps, as she did daily, but for reasons no one knows had apparently been underwater for at least 10 minutes, said Tracy Koslowski, a spokeswoman for Drexel Heights Fire District. Relatives did CPR until Drexel Heights paramedics arrived and continued the efforts, then took Arias to St. Mary’s Hospital.
Msgr. Raúl Trevizo, pastor at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church where the Arias family are parishioners, announced that Arias died about 3 p.m. Wednesday.