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23 Tragic Latino Deaths You Won’t Forget

When death comes to soon or unexpectedly, it’s hard to cope with the memories and figures that are taken away. Here are 23 influential Latino deaths, from singers and actors, to athletes and activists that were taken from the world way too soon.

1. Selena Quintanilla

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The Tejano Grammy winner remains one of the best selling artists of all time even years after her death. To fans she was known as “The Queen of Tejano Music”, sadly her success was stopped short when she met an untimely death at the hands of a disgruntled former president of her fan club, Yolanda Saldivar who shot her.  Gun violence man.

2.  Héctor Lavoe “El Cantante de los Cantantes”

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Héctor Lavoe AKA “El Rockero de la Salsa” jumped off the ninth floor of the Regency Hotel Condado in Puerto Rico. But his life didn’t end there, over the years his health deteriorated due to  AIDS. He died on June 29, 1993 in New York City.

3. Freddy Prinze

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Prinze battled depression for years before he took his own life. On January 28, 1977 at the pique of his success on Chico and The Man, the 22 year old actor shot himself in front of his manager.

4. Hernán Gaviria

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The soccer star who played midfielder for the Colombian national team took part in n both the 1992 Summer Olympics and the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the US. On October 24th, 2002, while practicing with his team Gaviria was struck by lightning and killed instantly.

5. Víctor Yturbide

Víctor Yturbe was a Mexican singer lovingly  known by fans as “El Pirulí.” On November 28, 1987 the musician was murdered outside of his own home in Atizapan de Zaragoza. While entering the door to his home, the actor was shot by an unknown killer.

6. Nino Bravo

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Bravo’s voice remains commemorated and listened to even in the years that have passed since his death. In 1973 the then 28 year old was involved in an accident 62 miles southeast of Madrid. Bravo died on his way to the hospital from his injuries.

7. Facundo Cabral

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Facundo Cabral was a singer and songwriter from Argentina. While touring in Guatemala City he was shot and killed on July 9, 2011. The murder was found to be “a planned attack.”

8. Pedro Infante

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As one of Mexicos most celebrated actors and singers of all times, Infante’s death was one that completely shook the community. The passionate aviator had been co-piloting an aircraft when it crashed only five minutes after it took off.

9. Jenni Rivera

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Another Latina star  taken too soon, Rivera was a wildly successful singer, actress and entrepreneur. At the age of 43 the actress and singer had been on a flight en route to Toluca when it crashed.

10. Carlos Gardel

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Perhaps the most prominent figure in tango, Gardel was a singer and musician. He also died in a tragic plane crash, this one in Colombia.

11. Marielle Franco

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The Brazilian pelican and human rights activist was fierce fighter for feminism and human rights. In 2018, the politician had been driving in a car on her way to deliver a speech when her car was shot multiple times.

12. Miguel Fuentes

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The Puerto Rican baseball pitcher played professionally for the former MLB team the Seattle Pilots. During the Winter League, Fuentes was in Puerto Rico and found himself caught up in an altercation at a bar in Loiza Aldea. After being shot three times the player later died from his wounds at a nearby hospital.

13. Néstor Chávez

Néstor Chávez pitched for the Giants in 1967 and was considered to be one of the most promising pitchers in the Giants organization.  On March 16, 1969, Chávez was on a flight headed to the United States for the minors when the plane, Viasa Flight 742, struck multiple power lines on take off. Eighty-four people onboard were killed.

14. Cesar Chavez

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Cesar Chavez died over 20 years ago but to this day remains one of the most well known Latinos in history. The labor rights fighter died in 1993 due to unknown natural causes.

15. Ramon Novarro

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The Mexican stage and television actor had a career in silent films that made him a leading man in top box office attractions. In 1968 the actor was murdered by two brothers Paul (22) and Tom (17) Ferguson at his home in Laurel Canyon. Convinced the actor had a large sum of money on his estate, the two tortured Navarro for hours to convince him to reveal where the money was hidden. Novaro died of asphyxiation.

15. José Oliva

José Oliva was the St. Louis Cardinals thid baseman from 1994 to 1995. The Dominican was killed in 1997 when his car overturned and hit a tree.

16. Fernando Pascoal Neves

Fernando Pascoal Neves a.k.a. “Pavão” played a central midfielder for the F.C. Porto a Portuguese club. Pavão was in the middle of a match against Setubal in 1973, when he passed to his teammate and collapsed to the ground.  He never got up and his death was ruled a heart attack.

17. Geremi González

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The Venezuelan pitcher was a successful pitcher for the Chicago Cubs, Tampa Bay Rays, Boston Red Sox, New York Mets, and Milwaukee Brewers. In May 25, 2008, he was struck by lightning while visiting Punta Palma, Zulia.

18. Eva Perón

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The controversial and beloved figure from Argentina. Eva died at 33 due to complications from a hysterectomy.

19. Joaqquim Agostinho

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Joaqquim Agostinho was a Portuguese cyclists. On May 10, 1984, Agostinho was 400 meters away from taking first place at the Tour of the Algarve. Less than 100 meters to the finish line, a dog ran onto the course and collided with the cyclist. Agostinho (who was not wearing a helmet) flew off of his bicycle and hit his head on pavement. The cyclist got to his feet, and finished the race on his bicycle, but hours later he slipped into a coma and never woke up.

20. Octaviano Larrazolo

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The U.S. first Latino senator was born in 1859 in Allende, Mexico. Soon after taking office he fell ill and died just six months into his term.

21. Las Mariposas

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Patria, Minerva, and Maria Teresa Mirabal were three sisters who were activists against the Rafael Truijilo dictatorship. They were assassinated on November 25, 1960.


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After Spending His Life in Foster Care, 4 Year Old Noah Cuatro Was Returned To His Parents, Where He Died Shortly After

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After Spending His Life in Foster Care, 4 Year Old Noah Cuatro Was Returned To His Parents, Where He Died Shortly After

On July 5th of this year, a 4-year-old boy named Noah Cuatro was found dead by first res ponders in the pool of the apartment complex he was living in. His parents Jose Cuatro Jr. and Ursula Elaine Juarez, insisted that they had found his body already lifeless, floating in the pool. The couple claimed he had drowned. But the police were immediately on alert to the suspicious circumstances surrounding his death. Authorities quickly suspected foul play in the 4-year-old’s death. 

On Thursday morning, law enforcement officials arrested both Cuatro Jr. and Juarez, charging them with the murder of their son.

As soon as Noah’s body was taken to the hospital the parents’ supposed cause of death and the reality of his injuries were inconsistent. Although his parents claimed Noah died by drowning, his injuries were inconsistent with that claim. What’s more, the hospital staff  “observed evidence of injuries to Victim Noah Cuatro’s body” that were consistent with signs of abuse. All of the coinciding evidence made it more likely that his death was not a straight-forward accident. 

In late September, the death was officially ruled a homicide by the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner. Two days later, Cuatro Jr. and Juarez were arrested. According to officials, the parents are being charged with a litany of crimes: murder, torture, assault on a child causing death, and child abuse resulting in death. Cuatro Jr. and Juarez are being held on $3 million bail each. If they are convicted Cuatro and Juarez might be sentenced to a maximum of life in prison, or a minimum of 32 years. 

Before he died, Noah spent his short life being shuttled between the care of his parents, the foster system, and his great-grandmother. 

Social workers were involved in Noah’s life from birth. He was first removed from the custody of his parents in 2014 and placed in foster care. Later in the year, his great-grandmother, Eva Hernandez, was given temporary custody of him. Although he spent much of his life in Hernandez’s care, Noah also bounced between the foster system, his parents, and his great-grandmother’s care throughout his life. In 2018, he was, for one final time, given back to his biological parents, although the reason for his most recent removal was due to “medical neglect”. 

According to his grandmother, Noah had been vocal about his fear of returning to his parents’ house. “I just wish [the Department of Child and Family Services] would have listened to him,” Hernandez told reporters in July. “He did say, ‘Please don’t do this, don’t send me back.'” But according to Hernandez, Noah refused to tell her about any abuse that was happening at his parents’ home. “He would not say,” said Hernandez. “He did tell me one time that they used to make his older brother punch him, hit him.”

Four-year-old Noah’s death seems all the more tragic because, according to reports, it may have been preventable. 

As the story has developed, the story has illuminated the failures of the Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) to protect Noah. Evidence suggests that the DCFS were directed by courts to investigate anonymous claims that Noah was being sexually abused in May–mere weeks before his death. If this were the case, the department legally had 72 hours to conduct a forensic examination of Noah. According to Eva Hernandez’s attorney, Brian Claypool, the department failed to do so. 

According to Claypool, if the examination had taken place, sexual abuse “would’ve been confirmed, he would’ve been permanently removed from his home and he would be alive today”. “This little boy should’ve been removed from that house when he was two years old,” Claypool continued. “Let alone waiting until he was four and a half years old and watching him die.” Claypool has announced that he and Hernandez “plan to hold the Department of Children and Family Services accountable” for what they perceive as neglect. As for Los Angeles DCFS, they have recently issued an apology for the failure of their “safety net”.

As for the public, they are struggling to come to terms with the senseless and tragic death of a child that looks as if it could’ve been prevented.

There should be iron-clad safe guards against children losing their lives to abusive parents. 

Many people are disappointed in what they see as institutional shortcomings of child welfare systems.

Because children are so defenseless, it’s up to others to protect them from harm. That responsibility should not be taken lightly. 

This person believes that just because someone is a biological parent, doesn’t mean they are emotionally prepared to raise a child:

All in all, it seems like another senseless tragedy has taken another young life much too soon. 

A City Claims A Family Can’t Sue Over A Wrongful Death Because Undocumented People Don’t Have Rights Under Constitution

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A City Claims A Family Can’t Sue Over A Wrongful Death Because Undocumented People Don’t Have Rights Under Constitution

The original wording of the Fourth Amendment in the Constitution stated, that “‘each man’s home is his castle,’ secure from unreasonable searches and seizures of property by the government. It protects against arbitrary arrests, and is the basis of the law regarding search warrants, stop-and-frisk, safety inspections, wiretaps, and other forms of surveillance, as well as being central to many other criminal law topics and to privacy law.” A revised version states, “the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” In other words, authorities cannot probe into people’s private information, home or belongings, without probable cause. Those laws apply to everyone, right? That’s not what some officials in one city in the United States believe. They’re claiming those laws do not apply to undocumented immigrants. 

In 2017, police were called to check on a domestic abuse suspect in Southaven, Mississippi. They went to the wrong house and shot and killed Ismael Lopez. 

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On a late Sunday evening, in July of 2017, police were called to serve a warrant for the arrest of a suspected domestic abuser named Samuel Pearman. His address was 5878 Surrey Lane, CNN reported, and police ended up going to a mobile home across the street where Ismael Lopez lived with his wife. Police entered Lopez’s home and ended up shooting him in the back of the head. He died on the scene. 

“It is so troubling to learn that not only this man died but that this man died running away from people who were trespassing on his premises after he was in bed lawfully,” Murray Wells, an attorney representing the Lopez’s family, told reporters, according to CNN

The Lopez family filed a $20 million lawsuit for his death after a jury failed to indict the police officers on the scene. The City of Southaven fired back with their own lawsuit saying Lopez has no rights under the constitution because he was an undocumented immigrant.

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This case is like most cases involving the police, the investigation had conflicting reports. Lopez’s wife claims the police came in unannounced, and the lawyer says bullet holes outside of the home support her story. The police say that Lopez pointed a gun at them. However, Lopez’s wife said that wasn’t the case. The police also shot and killed their dog. City attorneys are also questioning the credibility of Lopez’s widow, with claims they were never married, and that she was married to multiple men. Lopez’s attorney showed the documents to prove they were legally married in 2003. 

“It’s a real shame that they have to use these tactics to soil someone’s name when she lost her partner, the love of her life, in a tragic accident,” attorney Aaron Neglia said according to the Washington Post

So, does the constitution protect undocumented immigrants? The answer is a resounding yes even though the matter is still taken up in courts all the time.

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“Yes, without question,” Cristina Rodriguez, a professor at Yale Law School told PBS. “Most of the provisions of the Constitution apply on the basis of personhood and jurisdiction in the United States.”

Undocumented immigrants have the right to legal counsel, under the Sixth Amendment, they also have the right to due process under the Fifth Amendment. So, if the courts are already practicing the law under the constitution when it applies to undocumented immigrants, then the Fourth Amendment and all of them for that matter apply to them as well. 

Southaven attorneys have a different point of view. According to the Washington Post, attorney Katherine S. Kerby wrote, “If he ever had Fourth Amendment or Fourteenth Amendment civil rights, they were lost by his own conduct and misconduct. Ismael Lopez may have been a person on American soil but he was not one of the ‘We, the People of the United States’ entitled to the civil rights invoked in this lawsuit.”

We shall see how this case plays out in court.

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