This is an incredible example of a child’s love for his mother.
Noe Rueda grew up in the westside Chicago neighborhood of Little Village with his mother and three siblings. Things were tough them. Rueda recalls how his mother made a little under $8,000 a year and would be so excited when she would actually break the $8,000 ceiling. As a 2nd grader, he felt bad that his mother was stressed about making ends meet, so he decided to chip in. He first started selling some of his own things. By the time he was in the 5th grade, Rueda was working at a construction site. He refused to get into the business of selling drugs, not only because he knew it was bad, but he also did not want to disappoint his mother. When Rueda first gave his mother the money he had earned, she cried.
“She turned off the stove. She turned around, started crying and hugged me,” Rueda recounts . “From that point on, I just dedicated on getting money for my family.”
Rueda became the first member of his family to attend college, an achievement he is very proud of. Even though working on a construction site has left him with bad joints, he’s very optimistic about his future. Kudos, Noe. That’s how Latinos do.
So many were rooting for little Yovanny and his father, Yovani Lopez.
The infant, whose life started with tragedy, drew national attention after news of his mother’s horrific death made headlines. Yovanny and his mother became victims of fetal-abduction in early April of this year when his mother was lured to a house to collect free baby clothes and was ultimately strangled to death. Still, images of the father and son, with papa holding little Yovanny in his arms as the baby opened his eyes for the very first time gave those following their story hope.
Unfortunately. this heartbreaking situation has become even more tragic as it’s confirmed that the little boy has lost his fight to survive.
The devastating update comes nearly two months after his mother was found murdered.
The two-month-old infant who was cut from the womb of his mother, murder victim Marlen Ochoa-Lopez in Chicago, has died.
“It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of baby Yovanny Jadiel Lopez,” family spokeswoman Julie Contreras said in a statement published by NBC Chicago. “He passed away this morning Friday, June 14, 2019, from his severe brain injury.”
The baby boy’s father, Yovani, had been praying for his recovery and was hopeful that he would survive.
Despite weeks of promising false starts, like when the baby opened his eyes, he never regained full brain function and was pronounced dead in the hospital on Friday.
The boy’s death is a devastating blow to a family who has already lost so much.
Yovanny is survived by his father Yovani, who was Marlen’s husband. The little boy will be laid to rest at a private funeral at a later date. The boy had been on life support since being brought to Advocate Christ Medical Center by his mother’s alleged killer in April.
The boy’s mother was brutally murdered after chatting with her alleged murder about free baby clothes.
Yovanny’s mother Marlen, 19, was brutally strangled before her stomach was cut open and Yovanny was snatched from her womb.
Marlen’s alleged killer Clarisa Figueroa, 46, is then said to have gone to the hospital with the baby and passed it off as her own, after dumping Marlen in a trash can around the side of her house.
Figueroa, whose adult son died in 2017, reportedly tricked Marlen into coming to her house after offering her free clothes for her unborn baby on a local Facebook forum.
After snatching the baby and going to the hospital, she even set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for ‘her’ infant’s hospital care, it is alleged.
The baby’s death comes just days after police announced murder charges against Clarisa and Desiree Figueroa.
Figueroa and daughter Desiree, 24, were formally charged with Marlen’s first-degree murder earlier this week.
Police have yet to say whether they will now face further charges over baby Yovanny’s death.
Clarisa Figueroa’s boyfriend Piotr Bobak is charged with concealing Marlen’s murder. The teen’s body was not found for three weeks after she disappeared. Hospital staff faced questions about why they did not alert police over Figueroa’s admission, with medics saying there were no signs she had given birth to Yovanny.
Reactions on Twitter have been filled with shock, heartbreak, and anger.
Many pointed out how they had been glued to the news of this case since it first broke. And the death of the little boy was the last thing they had expected.
Many had the father in their thoughts and prayers.
Other’s sent all their sympathy, prayers, and thoughts to the father, who has lost his entire world. First, his wife was brutally murdered and now his son passes away in his arms after months battling for his life. Truly heartbreaking.
While others could only find comfort knowing that perhaps the baby and his mama are finally together.
This is a heartbreaking story that touched the hearts of people everywhere.
All of us are sending our thoughts to little Yovanny’s surviving family so that they have the strength to power through this tragedy.
Financial analysts have long predicted that the next bubble that will burst and lay damage on the economy of the United States (y por ende of the whole world) is the student debt bubble. Millions of college graduates owe so much money as a result of their graduate degrees that it will take a good amount of years before they can enjoy a clean slate, un nuevo inicio with no malditas deudas. As employment prospects grow dimmer in troubling financial times, these graduates just can’t get the jobs that will allow them to live comfortable, grow their wealth, and pay their student loans. It is a monetary bottleneck that has everyone scratching their heads. What to do? Condone debt and give people with university degrees a chance? That is sort of unfeasible, as the financial system is sustained through futures, bonds and the selling and buying of debt, so sometime, somewhere, there would be a huge hole in the system.
Some graduates are finding an alternative that is as legally tricky as it is ethically controversial: they are leaving the United States to avoid paying their debts. Some live in Europe, others look for alternative citizenships based on their heritage and some others just migrate to places like Australia, where Anglo migration (read, white migration!) is given a free pass even if their visa status is not crystal clear.
This option has sparked fiery debates on the Internet, as more and more news outlets report on members of an arguably lost generation who chose to leave rather than to live in debt.
Vice published an article on Americans who now live almost debt-free in Europe. This happened all the way back in 2016, so this is not quite new.
The phenomenon has been present for at least three years (could the election of POTUS be a factor, we guess?). Anyway, users such as Sister Outsider were not happy at all is that who the country is, she asked?
Others thought that this was a very smart move because student loan debt interest rates are nearly impossible to overcome.
This dude James Hipp seems to take it a bit more lightly. Well, anything goes eh?
The article sparked some seriously opposing views, despite the growing fear that millions of students will remain in debt indefinitely.
These two couldn’t possibly be farther apart in their views. One calls these “Debt Dodgers” as the VICE article called them, “selfish, entitled, and arrogant”. Meanwhile, a user who is actually wearing graduation regalia simply says that she doesn’t blame them. Perhaps she is facing similar fears and uncertainty in terms of her future in the workplace. Because let’s be honest: things are pretty grim the world over. Not to mention that there have been recent articles about people entering retirement with student loan debt left to pay.
Some people just don’t understand how someone could run from their student loans.
Did Xavi dude just calls them “deadbeats”, huevones, perezosos. But sometimes these are people who actually want to work, but find little or no prospects at home and look for a better horizon. Isn’t that what the immigrant spirit is made up from?
Just last year a CNBC article set fire to Twitter over the same issue.
This user, who we assume is a conservative Internet keyboard warrior, equates debt dodgers with the young men who dodged the draft during the Vietnam War. Is this a fair comparison? Yes, they decided to get an education, but this is the core of the controversy: should education be a right or a privilege?
Should some people just not go to college? @AlephBlog seems to think so.
The CNBN article told the story of a graduate in debt who now lives in India, caring for elephants. User David Merkel simply says that these people should not go to college at all. Is he right? His savage judgment evidences a worldview in black and white. Obviously, people don’t want to leave.
No one asked them to go to university? Well, things are a bit more complicated than that, @TeresaGillia.
The contemporary social and financial status quo demands that young people acquire skills in information management and professional work. Manual work in the United States is generally underpaid, so if folk want to get ahead in life a university education seems to be the only way. So the choice is limited: yes, young people can choose not to go to university, but in doing so are risking not advancing in life, in monetary terms. But what happens when people get a degree, work hard and still see no descanso in sight?
User Jim Robinson has a point: the banks and other financial institutions are also to blame.
Just as the 2008 Global Financial Crisis revealed (you can see it explained with peras y manzanas in the movie The Big Short), the addiction to debt and the trigger happy nature of the banking system has generated a lot of immediate wealth that ultimately leads to financial ruin. Banks have chosen to loan so much money knowing that students won’t be able to pay it back, that their bad decisions have come to bite everyone en el culo. Jim Robinson is right: some loans are indiscriminate. These financial practices border criminality de cuello blanco.
Student debt has been on everyone’s mind this past month, ever since this billionaire wiped off the debt of an entire graduating class.
It might seem to be the feel-good story of the month, but the fact that Robert F. Smith made this magnificent donation and gave a whole class of students an Oprah-like moment is more like the symptom of a broken system, rather than a sign of pure goodwill. He must have looked at all those young people, mostly Black, and knew that they would face a lot of hardship unless he interfered, that the joy of graduation would soon turn into the darkness of precarious financial prospects.
Let’s get some context on the current political climate: this tweet sort of sums up what many are facing.
At the other end of the political spectrum, we find another millionaire, Betsy DeVos, the US Secretary of Education, who is actually cutting the budget for debt forgiveness. This tweet captures the feeling that many are having at the moment: any life-changing step (such as having kids or buying a house) is stalled due to the lack of support that the government is able or willing to give to those taking their first steps into adult life. What is the solution?
The “Debt dodger” controversy got new traction a few days ago.
New reports point to a spike to this trend, and the conversation has gained momentum given the prominence that the student debt crisis has had leading to the presidential election next year. This user references the plan drawn by Dem presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren, who proposes to wipe out student debt by taxing the wealthy. According to a Politico/Morning Consult poll, 56% of registered voters support the Massachusetts senator’s proposal. It is hard to judge either side, but something’s gotta give and the student debt crisis will either puncture or strengthen the idea of the American Dream (our take, solidarity is always best).