H-SANTA BARBARA COUNTY

Oct 26, 2012 12:10 PM by Madelyn Monteath, KSBY News

Surf Beach is reopen after deadly shark attack

Officials at Vandenberg Air Force Base reopened the beach at 8:00 Friday morning, just days after a deadly shark attack.

The beach has been closed since Tuesday after Francisco Javier Solorio, 39, suffered a wound to his upper torso after being bitten by what experts are saying was a great white shark.

Solorio friends called him "Paquito." In a statement released through a spokesperson, Hilda Zacarias, the Solorio family said he died "after an amazing day of surfing and catching a perfect'tube'." He is survived by his wife and their young daughters.

A private rosary is planned for Friday followed by a private service on Saturday. Members of the surfing community are also planning a paddle out ceremony at Solorio's favorite beach,Jalama Beach, in Santa Barbara County, on Sunday.

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