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Family And Dog Mourn The Tragic Death Of Young Latino Californian

Abraham Martinez of Ontario, Calif., was only 21 years old when he died in a tragic car accident. As the family mourned the passing of a young man, one member of the family took the loss exceptionally hard: their dog Jax. The German Shepherd was Abraham’s closest and most loyal companion. Now that Abraham is gone, Jax seems lost, confused and very sad.


On May 10, Abraham Martinez, 21, died in a tragic car accident in Ontario, Calif.

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Abraham was in a parking lot when he was rear-ended, sending him into traffic. His car was struck again by a truck, and he was ejected from the vehicle.


Family and friends have been grappling to come to terms with the loss.

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“It is still something we can’t understand and find it so hard to accept,” Abraham’s sister, Alexandra Martinez, told Inside Edition. “We are trying to take everyday minute by minute because that’s all we can do right now.”


But it was his buddy Jax who broke the Internet’s heart when this photo surfaced.

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Jax, a 1-year-old German Shepherd, hasn’t been himself since the tragic and sudden death of his owner, Abraham.


When Jax joined the Martinez family as a 6-week-old puppy, the two were inseparable.

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“Jax would sleep on top of my brother’s head every night until he got too big and took up the entire bed instead,” Alexandra told Buzzfeed News. “Jax would stay in the front yard with my brother while he washed his car, would sit next to him on the couch, and wouldn’t sit still until my brother and I were in the house.”


In-Sep-A-Rable.

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Mourners created a makeshift memorial in Abraham’s honor at the Buffalo Wild Wings where he worked.

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There was also a white balloon release hosted by the restaurant to honor Abraham’s memory.


And they even joined in an effort to raise money for his family.

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Respect, Buffalo Wild Wings. Respect.


There is also a GoFundMe page that has been set up for the Martinez family.

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At publish time, the GoFundMe page exceeded their goal of $5,000 with a total of $12,160 to help the Martinez family.


And sister Alexandra has continued to share photos to honor her brother.

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(H/T: Buzzfeed)


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A Long Beach Street Vendor Was Attacked And The Community Is Showing Up To Help Him

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A Long Beach Street Vendor Was Attacked And The Community Is Showing Up To Help Him

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In 2020, we saw several street vendors attacked while trying to make ends meet. As the pandemic drags on and people are desperate, the attacks on street vendors have not abated and a Long Beach street vendor is the latest victim.

A street vendor in Long Beach was brutally attacked while working.

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Gerardo Iván Olmeda Del Pilar, 22, was working as a street vendor in Long Beach when he was attacked by two people. The vendor, according to LA Taco, was later than usual in setting up after dropping of fellow street vendors on his way.

Del Pilar was at the intersection of Burnett Street and Long Beach Boulevard on Saturday Jan. 16 when it happened. The street vendor was approached by two men who seemed to be regular customers when they attacked.

“Everything was calm, then I want to say four hours passed when two men came towards me and like any other customer they asked me for an order of fruit,” Del Pilar told LA Taco

Del Pilar is not letting this stop him from what he has to do to survive.

Del Pilar has been a street vendor for a while. The man, who is from Veracruz, Mexico, was suckerpunched and attacked. According to LA Taco, Del Pilar was giving the men their order when one punched him in the chin to knock him down. They then both started to attack him until they got his wallet and ran away. The men stole $500 from him.

Del Pilar told the Long Beach Post that there was not much he could do while being attacked. He was left with a swollen face and horrific bumps on his face from the vicious attack.

Two friends have set up GoFundMe accounts to help Del Pilar out.

Both Alex Diaz and Marissa Gomez have set up GoFundMe pages to help the young man. Combined, the two GoFundMe pages have raised more than $10,000 and are still accepting donations to help Del Pilar.

“While he was cutting up their fruit, one man reached into his backpack and took out an object and used it to punch him in the face. They broke his nose and lumped up his face and then dragged and kicked him while he was on the floor,” reads Gomez’s GoFundMe. “This man was an innocent victim just trying to provide for his family. All donations will go to replace this man’s lost income. There is no such thing as a donation too small anything is appreciated.”

READ: Family Sets Up GoFundMe To Help Paletero In Chicago Retire

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California Sets Vaccination Plan For Agricultural Workers During Next Phase

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California Sets Vaccination Plan For Agricultural Workers During Next Phase

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The world is racing to vaccinate everyone to put a stop to the relentless Covid-19 pandemic. In the U.S., states and counties are rolling out their own plans based on suggestions from health experts. California, home to the largest population of farmworkers, is making them a priority.

California has laid out their vaccination plan and farmworkers are being prioritized.

California is facing a relentless Covid-19 surge of infections, deaths, and hospitalizations. According to The New York Times, California has the second-highest level of infections per capita in the U.S. More than 30,000 people have died of Covid in California and the vaccination effort has been severely lagging.

California’s vaccination plan has been criticized for its very slow roll out.

According to the California Department of Public Health, more than 816,000 doses of the virus have been given to residents. There have been more than 2 million vaccine doses shipped to California. Currently, California, the most populated state in the country, is still in Phase 1A. Phase 1A is for healthcare workers and long-term care residents. The Vaccinate All 58 campaign claims that there are 3 million people in California in Phase 1A. Almost 40 million people live in California.

Activists have been calling on Governor Gavin Newsom to make sure that farmworkers are prioritized.

California is home to the largest concentration of farmworkers in the U.S. The Center for Farmworker Families claims that 500,000 to 800,000 farmworkers, or about 1/3 to 1/2 of the farmworker populations, live in California. Seventy-five percent of farmworkers in California are undocumented.

As the rest of the state was able to shelter in place, farmworkers did not stop working. They provided a necessary lifeline to the nation in keeping the food supply running. Farmworkers are more likely to contract Covid because of their living conditions. Studies show that the low wages that farmworkers are paid means that many live in crowded conditions.

READ: As The U.S. Rolls Out The COVID-19 Vaccine, What’s The Future Of Vaccine Access In Latin America?

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