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Oct 24, 2012 9:40 PM by Connie Tran, KSBY News

Surfing victim's friend remembers Solorio through photos

Six years ago, a certain local surfer caught the eye of photographer Brent Lieberman.

"He was just another one of the bro's, you know?" said Lieberman.

He said Francisco Solorio, Jr., or Fran as he called him, had gnarly moves, and he was born for the water.

Lieberman said, "Franny was a really good surfer, and it was exciting for me, and he didn't seem to mind, so I took a lot of pictures of him."

He said his and Fran's friendship flourished from then on, as he captured hundreds of memories of Fran, rocking at his favorite sport.

"He was really happy when he was at the beach, and he was just always stoked to be surfing," said Lieberman.

So when news hit on Tuesday of his buddy's untimely death, Lieberman said his heart sank. He said he immediately thought of Solorio's wife and young daughter. He said it's been difficult to cope with the sad news.

"The reality of it all has sunk in that it was really Fran, and I'm not gonna see him at the beach anymore," ended Lieberman.

He said he suspects Solorio's surfer buddies to organize a paddle-out very soon, as a memorial.

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