Funeral services will be held Wednesday for Arthur G. Medici, the Revere man who became the first person to die from a shark bite in Massachusetts since 1936 when he was attacked last Saturday off the shores of Wellfleet.
Medici was 26 and a member of the Marantha Christian Church in Revere, according to his online obituary. The wake and funeral services will be held at the Family United Methodist Church, Brazilian ministry, in Saugus.
Medici was boogie boarding at Newcomb Hollow Beach with the younger brother of his girlfriend when a shark bit him on the leg last Saturday afternoon. Medici was dragged 40 yards by the 16-year-old Everett boy to the beach, where bystanders tried CPR and makeshift tourniquets and then carried him off the beach to waiting first responders.
He was later pronounced dead at Cape Cod Hospital and the state’s medical examiner’s office, after conducting an autopsy, formally identified the cause of death to be “exsanguination due to shark bites,’’ officials said Tuesday.
The type of shark that killed Medici, although widely suspected to be a great white shark, has not been officially identified.
Medici, a native of Brazil. was planning to ask his girlfriend to marry him and had custom rings made for the occasion. “He loved hiking, biking, surfing and various other sports. There was never a bad time for him,’’ according to the GoFundMe account set up to defray funeral expenses. “He was happily engaged to a smart, kind-hearted medical student with a bright future.”
The account has raised some $29,000 — $4,000 above the goal — to provide for the funeral service in Massachusetts and then transport and burial to his native Brazil.
“Our lives are never going to be the same without him. His laughter filled our home and he will be greatly missed by us all,” the posting reads.
Medici’s death is leading officials in Cape Cod towns along with the Cape Cod National Seashore to hold discussions in the near future on what changes need to be made, if any, in the way that beachgoers are allowed to use public beaches in Massachusetts.
The apex predator is drawn to the waters off Cape Cod beaches by thousands of seals that now call Massachusetts home. Although lifeguards are no longer posted on most Massachusetts beaches, shark experts note that they will be around at least into October, when colder ocean water pushes them to search out warm waters.John R. Ellement can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.