Killed by gun May 29, 1998, at age 17

San Rafael Aguilar wished for his future to graduate from high school, Warren High in Downey, CA, to become a computer technician and travel to Pennsylvania and join the military. San Rafael was very popular in hearing music and dancing and singing, well known for his hospitality and sharing and giving to others. We received $37,000 in donations in the first week that he was deceased.

He loved swimming, riding bikes. He was very interested in getting a job, but was always turned down because of his age. In 1996, he made his first Holy Communion, at age 15. In grade school, he received a plaque for best student and a dinner invitation to Lidos restaurant in Huntington Park, CA, from the Mayor and school of South Gate Elementary.

The last thing he told me was to go to church and that he loved me and was proud of me. He also went to see the preacher and told him he wanted to meet his real father, eight days before he passed. He told my grandson, Steven, if he ever went away, he wanted always to be remembered, and that his life was a lot of fun, and that he missed his dad. Steven said his favorite time was Christmas.

By Connie Garcia Aguilar, Mother