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Body Found in Fiery Car Crash

Luca Garovi, Swiss Native, Dreamed of U.S. Citizenship

Garovi was working for the Swiss government in Atlanta and was pursuing a degree in Homeland Security when he was killed in a car accident Sunday in Cherokee County.

The best way to sum up the life of Luca Garovi is a story his "adopted mother" Kelley Mure tells about her daughter Rachel's wedding.

Once Luca found out the wedding was to be held the day before his mother's 70th birthday in Switzerland, he hopped on a plane from Phoenix to his birth country to be with his mother on her special day, then took the next flight back to Arizona to be a groomsman at his "sister's" wedding.

If you asked Luca, he had family in Switzerland and family in America. 

"He told everyone he had six brothers and five sisters. Nico, Lorenzo, Claudio Garovi, Nick, Marcus, and Chiara Corbo, and John, Rachel, Hannah, and Sarah Mure, and Nicole Hauessler," Mure wrote in an e-mail to Patch.

Luca Garovi was born in Bern, Switzerland, on Feb. 9, 1985, the youngest of four children of Angelo and Anne Marie Garovi. Luca first came to the U.S. as an exchange student in Orcutt, CA, and fell in love with the country.

"He loved the states so much and had no desire greater than to be a US citizen," wrote Mure.

After returning to Switzerland to complete his mandatory military service, he returned to the United States in 2007 to attend Arizona State University. He dual-majored in Criminal Justice and Communications, and earned academic honors every semester he was there.

When he wasn't in the classroom, Luca loved to go snowboarding, four wheeling, or traveling. Curiously, Luca may have been the only Swiss person in history to not like chocolate.

Luca had to return to Switzerland after graduating in 2011 because his student visa was set to expire, but quickly applied for and earned a position with the Swiss government in Atlanta. During his time off, Luca would return home to Arizona to spend time with his family. He enrolled at Penn State University, hoping to earn a master's degree in Homeland Security from the institution.

Luca wrote to his brother in Switzerland last March that should anything ever happen to him, he would like to be laid to rest in his adopted home of Arizona. . The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

Following his wishes, services will be held at Christ's Church of the Valley in Peoria, AZ on Monday. Luca's family in Switzerland will be in attendance.

Katharina Grossenbacher March 14, 2013 at 12:51 PM
Luca was My Cousin, The son From My Mothers Sister Anne-Marie and Angelo when i meet Him in my life, we had a good connection togheter he was so e lovely young man with many plans in Future. The News tuch my heart and God Bless you all ....Katharina
mary k neff March 14, 2013 at 03:39 PM
I never meant you but you are my second Cousin.My mom was Gertude VonMoos May you rest in Peace with all my dear relatives who have passe on. Loves Prayers, and GodSpeed
Kathy Wilson March 14, 2013 at 06:34 PM
I hate to hear that someone so young lost his life before he was able to reach his dreams. My thoughts and prayers are with both his Swiss and US family.
The Evans Family March 15, 2013 at 10:11 PM
Our prayers are with Luca's family and loved ones. He was a bright light in this world and had a gift for turning his many friends into part of his extended family. We will sorely miss him.
Andrea Grossenbacher March 24, 2013 at 07:00 PM
you're already gone home, in front of us all. now you know where we will meet you again. I firmly believe, to see you again, later. until then, we still live a bit further. you live in our hearts more, every day, forever .... love your cousin Andrea

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