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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, February 13, 2005

Mozo family touched by prayers

By Will Hoover
Advertiser Staff Writer

The family of Jon Mozo said yesterday it has been moved by the "tremendous outpouring of support, love and prayers" it has received since the well-known underwater photographer was killed while working at the Banzai Pipeline last Wednesday afternoon.

News of Mozo's drowning stunned many in the North Shore surfing community and others around the state and country who were familiar with the popular photographer and his work, which was considered exceptional.

"Jon touched so many lives aside from ours and the magnitude of (the) response is a true testament of his passion for sharing his life with others," said a family statement that expressed gratitude for the many condolences received.

Mozo, 33, had been swimming and shooting photos of surfers when bodyboarders informed lifeguards at around 2 p.m. that a swimmer was in trouble. Lifeguards brought Mozo's body to shore but were unable to revive him. Mozo had suffered massive head injuries when waves had apparently thrown him onto the reef, and he was pronounced dead at Kahuku Hospital.

Mozo is survived by his wife, Nikki; son Makana, 12; daughters Amber, 9, Ariana, 7 and Anela, 3; father Reynaldo; mother Julia; and brothers Allen, Chris and Carlos.

The family has requested no cameras or videotaping to protect their privacy during the Feb. 19 funeral services. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at 55-630 Naniloa Loop, followed by a noon service. Burial will be at 2 p.m. at Laie Cemetery.

The public is invited to attend a memorial service for Mozo beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 21, "on the beach fronting Goat Island, Jon's favorite surf break," according to the family statement.

Following the service, everyone is invited to join "an informal, local-style, happy get-together" at Maleakahana Beach park. Well wishers are encourage to bring surfboards and canoes and to share thoughts.