Meet the Humans of the Keys

Meet the Humans of the Keys

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Maggie Gutierrez, Key West ***RIP***

Keys attorney Maggie Gutierrez (51) suffered fatal injuries after being swept to sea by a rogue wave in Cabo San Lucas Aug. 19, while vacationing with her partner Lisa Kaminski. 

Gutierrez remained on life support in San Diego on Tuesday morning, but friends said that is only because she is an organ donor. "Typical of Maggie," said friend Patty Ivey. "Even in death, she's helping people."

The couple was hiking the arch of Cabo San Lucas, a rock formation at the southern tip of the resort city, when a spontaneous large wave swept them into the ocean.

Kaminski, who managed hotels in Key West and recently in Marathon and now works for Delta, was treated and released from a hospital in Mexico and accompanied Gutierrez to San Diego, friends said.

Gutierrez is remembered by friends for her sharp wit, generosity and commitment to public service through Rotary and the local animal shelter. She adopted several dogs over the years who were either seriously injured or older, like Oscar the schnauzer who was thrown from a moving car on Duval Street.

Photo: Kaminski and Gutierrez.

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