Memorial held for “Sing Off” contestant Kevin Redrico
VALLEJO, CA — Family, friends, and well wishers packed St. Catherine’s of Siena to attend a memorial mass for Filipino-American Kevin Redrico.
Many knew him as a member of the SanFran6 — an acapella group that competed on NBC’s “The Sing-Off” in 2015.
Kevin was also known throughout the Bay Area — his hometown was Vallejo, he went to college in Pleasant Hill, and for college — San Jose State University.
His family says the outpouring of support from all these people that knew Kevin is helping them get through this tough time.
“Seeing all those people that he affected positively uplifted us. These are the memories that will help us overcome,” said father Glenn Redrico.
The Redrico family wishes to thank all the sheriff K-9 units, California Highway Patrol helicopters, US coast guard, and the countless people who volunteered to look for kevin and all those who helped through social media.
“The very first night that we did the search and rescue people were coming out of the woodworks,” Redrico said. “People we didn’t know. And they were determined to bring him back home. It’s his persona. He has this gift in dealing with people.”
Kevin was reported missing since April 5th, and according to a social media post from the family — he was found dead April 29th.
According to Kevin’s obituary written by the family — Kevin “passed away after a courageous battle with depression that ended peacefully on April 5, 2017.”
The Redrico family sends this message to all those who may be fighting this condition.
“For the people that are suffering from this very unique illness, I encourage them to reach out. Don’t stop reaching out. And for those people who have relatives or friends who are suffering from this, just listen. Let them talk. It goes a long way when you listen to these people.”
The Redricos planned to have Kevin’s body cremated and held a funeral service this past Saturday, May 13th — followed by what they called a “celebration of life” to coincide with what would have been Kevin’s 24th birthday.
In Kevin’s honor, Poison Apple Productions will establish the Kevin Redrico scholarship for vocal excellence.
Poison Apple is a theatrical performance organization, in which Kevin served as a musical director.