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People On Twitter Can’t Handle Juan Gabriel’s Death…And We Totally Relate

The world is mourning the unexpected death of Mexican singer Juan Gabriel who passed away of natural causes on August 28 at his home in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 66 years old.

Gabriel’s family confirmed the heartbreaking news Sunday night via an official statement. “My father’s untimely passing is a tragic loss for all of us, his family, colleagues, and fans alike. We give heartfelt thanks for the outpouring of condolences we have received from around the world including from President Enrique Pena Nieto. We know that our father will miss entertaining his countless fans, who brought him tremendous joy in life,” stated Gabriel’s son, Ivan Aguilera.

Born Alberto Aguilera Valadez in Parácuaro, Michoacán, Mexico, Juan Gabriel is the mastermind behind international hits such as “Amor Eterno,” “Querida,” “Noa Noa” and “Abrazame muy fuerte.” You know, all those songs that your mom and your tia’s blast at every fiesta.

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While we try to cope with El Divo de Juarez’s passing, people on Twitter are expressing their feelings and it’s striking a chord.

Celebrities reminisced on the times they got to meet El Divo de Juarez.

But really… Diego Luna’s reaction is all of us right now.

Marc Anthony lost it on stage during his concert in New York City as he sang “Abrázame muy fuerte.”

We can all relate to this girl’s mom and her obsession with Juanga.

Because his music transcended generations.

And got men to get in touch with their feelings.

Better believe everyone will be blasting their favorite Juanga songs for weeks to come.

Because this news has us like ?.

Juan Gabriel sold millions of records, recorded dozens of albums and wrote more than 1,000 songs over the course of five decades, according to Latin Times. He is survived by his sons and grandchildren.

READ: Joan Sebastian Got To Honor Juan Gabriel Before Passing

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This Indigenous Village In Mexico Trains Their Children As Soldiers To Combat Gang Violence

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This Indigenous Village In Mexico Trains Their Children As Soldiers To Combat Gang Violence

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In the town of Ayahualtempa, Mexico, in the state of Guerrero, reporters see a shocking image whenever they visit. Children armed with guns, trained to defend themselves. The disturbing scene is meant to be shocking. The village of Ayahualtempa is under constant attack. A prominent heroin “corridor”, they are the victims of violence and carnage at the hands of gangsters and the cartel.

In order to gain the Mexican government’s attention, the Ayahualtempa villagers dress their children up as soldiers. Then, they invite the media in.

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When reporters arrive, the children of Ayahualtempa dutifully line up and put on a performance. They march, they show how they would shoot a gun from one knee, or from flat on their bellies. They tell reporters that their mock-violent performance is “so the president sees us and helps us,” as a 12-year-old child named Valentín told the Associated Press.

Because the Mexican government doesn’t protect Ayahualtempa, the display of child soldiers is a form of protest for the small indigenous village. The people of this remote region of Guerrero want protection from the National Guard, and financial help for widows and orphans who have been made so from organized crime.

The villagers don’t trust local authorities, and for good reason. Guerrera is the Mexican state in which 43 teaching students were abducted and killed in an event that is known as the “Iguala mass kidnapping”. Authorities arrested 80 suspects in connection to the event. 44 of them were police officers, working in conjunction with a network of cartels.

Although the demonstrations function largely as a publicity stunt, violence is very much a part of these children’s lives.

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Parents train their children to walk to school with loaded guns, ready to defend themselves against violent gangsters.

The attention-grabbing antics have, to some extent, worked. On one occasion, the government donated some housing material. On another, benefactors gave the community’s orphans and widows scholarships and houses. But as soon as the periodic media storms die down, the federal government continues pretending Ayahualtempa doesn’t exist.

The hypocrisy of the government’s response is frustrating to many. “We’ve normalized that these children don’t eat, are illiterate, are farm workers. We’re used to the Indians dying young, but, ‘How dare they arm them!’” said local human rights activist Abel Barrera to the AP, with a heavy dose of sarcasm.

As for now, until the government moves to protect the community, they say they will continue their demonstrations. “They see that the issue of the children is effective for making people take notice and they think: If that’s what works, we’ll have to keep doing it,” said Barrera.

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15 Hilarious Tweets About Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck Getting Back Together

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15 Hilarious Tweets About Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck Getting Back Together

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In case you haven’t heard, Bennifer 1.0 is back. The famous early-2000s couple has been spotted spending time together in the wake of JLo’s split with A-Rod and Ben Affleck’s split with Cubana Ana de Armas. The news about their reconciliation is surprising the general public, as it’s been 17 years since the Hollywood power couple split up.

Needless to say, many fans have mixed feelings about Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck getting back together, seeing as their 2004 split up was so messy the first time around.

But more than anything, fans have jokes. Here are some of the funniest tweets about Jlo and Ben Affleck getting back together.

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