Crowdfunding Campaign Under Way After Tragic Loss of Venice Teen

Joe Tachiki

Joe Tachiki

The Venice High School football team stood in stunned silence last Friday, solemnly holding up the jersey (No. 56) of their fallen comrade.

Joseph Tachiki, 15, was a beloved member of the team whose life came to a sudden end Sept. 29, after the discovery of two sets of unruptured brain aneurysms a couple of weeks earlier. A family friend reported that surgery to repair one of the aneurysms was successful, but that the other burst while awaiting the second procedure.

An online funding drive is under way to assist Tachiki’s family with expenses brought on by their tragedy. As of Tuesday night, the website listed $44,291 that had been pledged toward a goal of $45,000.

Below is Scott Tachiki’s posting for the fundraising effort. To donate, visit