Family performed lamb sacrifice for Calif. man days before he was ejected onto freeway sign

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On Oct. 25, a relative had done a lamb sacrifice for Pananian -- pictured here in a picture posted to a GoFundMe page set up for his family -- to protect him from evil, a post said.

On Oct. 25, a relative had done a lamb sacrifice for Pananian — pictured here in a picture posted to a GoFundMe page set up for his family — to protect him from evil, a post said.

LOS ANGELES — Relatives of a California man who died in a car crash that launched his body onto a freeway sign last week are trying to raise money for “unexpected financial burdens.”

Richard Pananian was passing vehicles on the right shoulder of the southbound 5 Freeway in Glendale around 7 a.m. Friday when he lost control and rear-ended a pick-up truck. His car flipped several times and he was ejected, landing on an elevated freeway sign. He died at the scene.

Pananian’s body was covered with a sheet after firefighters ascended a ladder and worked to remove the body. The body remained there for several hours.

A GoFundMe page was created in memory of the 20-year-old because “the family is facing many unexpected financial burdens.” The creator of the page, Armen Kardashian, wrote about Pananian’s backstory, which includes a Christian upbringing and a recent lamb sacrifice:

“Richard comes from a Christian family that believes in God, and the family has done its best to follow the good book, and live in a righteous way. I myself have lost my faith and question the act of God if he exists. A week ago today on 10/25 the family had done what is called a “matag” or a lamb sacrifice for Richard to protect him from harm and evil. In the Armenian culture sacrifices are done when someone escapes death, as Richards life was once spared. I myself had sat in the car with Richard countless times, and he had a 5 point safety harness that he wore all the time! All the time!! It would be the first thing he did without a reminder. I find it ironic that 5 days after this offering to God, not only did God choose to take this young mans life, but decided to make such a spectacle out of it. If God works in mysterious ways his way remains a mystery to me and has crushed this family as a whole.”

“The family is grieving and it’s really painful,” Armen Kardashian told KCBS. “He was a very genuine soul, he was loving and caring.”

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1 Comment

  • Jean

    It was a tragic ending and our condolences go out to you and your family. I am sad you had to lose him at such a young age. However since you took the time to express yourself allow me to do the same.
    Sadly it was Richard who chose to drive illegally and that is not God’s fault. I believe God gives us free will to make choices and with those choices comes responsibility. Richard made a choice and he has had to be accountable for that choice. It is not fair to blame God. Perhaps those who hear about this event will think twice about the way they drive. And perhaps Richard gave his life in order to save someone else. It’s best to focus on the positives and not blame God. I know it’s hard right now but if Richard was the good man you say he was, I don’t think he would want his loved ones to find fault in anyone else but himself. I hope you understand what I’ve said here and that you will someday be able to celebrate Richards life as I’m sure he would want you to remember the good things about him rather than look for a scapegoat. I’m sure he was a great guy and that’s how he should be remembered in my opinion.

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