“Not afraid to cross out PPE. Not afraid to hug anyone who wanted a hug,” mentioned Andrea Linares, his spouse.
He co-founded Resilient Agency, a non-profit group in South Los Angeles.
“We obtained workplace area this yr, and we have been actually excited. He was in a position to do the work in his personal group,” Linares mentioned.
At an early age, Linares obtained concerned in gang exercise, however by means of religion in God, he modified his life and the lives of others.
“He did not care the place you got here from. All he cared about is that when you wanted him, he was there for you,” mentioned Resilient Company co-founder Miguel Guedel.
Now, his associate in life and ministry is grieving his loss of life.
“We met in our church, really, 17 years in the past,” Andrea mentioned.
He died on Nov. 30 after changing into sick with COVID-19. Linares advised Eyewitness Information her husband suffered a stroke and cardiac arrest.
Outdoors the Resilient Company workplace, buddies honored his reminiscence with notes, flowers and footage. He was dedicated to combating violence by means of love.
“Gangs will not be the issue. Gangs are the results of the issue,” Guedel recalled Linares would typically say.
Even whereas sick, he tried to make sure households had a Thanksgiving meal.
“Writing the names down, ensuring they obtained their turkey. He would not cease,” mentioned his spouse.
“He was a person who all the time put his youngsters and spouse first all the time… and he was all the time there for folk locally,” mentioned Guedel.
He was the supplier for his spouse and youngsters. Their youngest is in elementary college. Family members have arrange a GoFundMe account to help a household that has generously served others, and can keep it up his legacy.
“You already know in ministry, you attain hurting individuals,” Linares mentioned. “He is all the time had the compassion and that is what attracted me to him. Simply anyone who cherished God — a person of religion.”
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