Tony Hawk Bro Skater: Birdman Donates $10,000 To Memorial Skatepark Honoring Slain Teen

Frankie Fortuna is remembered as “Just like other boys. He wasn’t perfect but he had the heart of an angel.”

Frankie Fortuna via Sentinel and Enterprise

Fortuna was only nineteen years old when he was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver in 2015 in his hometown of Leominster, Massachusetts.

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As his family mourned their tremendous loss, they kept learning more and more about how Frankie touched the lives of so many people during his short life.

Friends and loved ones decided to raise funds toward revamping the skatepark where Fortuna frequented, in his honor

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“His untimely passing was a tragedy but not his legacy. It is our hope that this park will bring as much joy to everyone that visits as Frankie brought to everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him.”

Frankie Fortuna Memorial

Now skateboarding legend Tony Hawk has stepped up and donated $10,000 to the Frankie Fortuna Memorial Skatepark.

Currently, the skatepark is in the design phase, but park co-chair Steven Snay is delighted by the contribution made by the “Birdman,” saying that it brings the project closer toward completion.

“It’s great because in the area where it is, it’s kind of an underserved part of the town. It’s nice to see this park is going to be huge and fantastic.”

Steven Snay

Learn more about Franke Fortuna’s legacy and donate toward the fund HERE


Written by Abigale Racine