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Richard Rodriguez: Gone Too Soon

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By Jon D. Gaede –

Classmates, staff and friends, honor the life of 16 year old Richard Rodriquez, at Wilmer Amina Carter High School.

For those who spent time around Richard, found him to be a genuine and happy soul. Friendly, easy to smile, loyal and engaging. That’s what many of his friends say about him.

Richard was social and popular with his peers. He played clarinet in the school band and was a member of JROTC. Richard was extremely likable and he had that ‘thing’ that attracted classmates to him. Always positive, Richard was a ‘cool kid’.

On Monday, classmates and faculty grieved and celebrated the short life of Richard Rodriquez.

The kind, slightly built young man was no match for an abusive father who took out his anger, upon his wife and five children.

On March 22nd, Richard’s mother and four younger brothers and sisters, apparently endured a 10 hour rampage which ended in the death of young Richard.

According to authorities, Richard lost his life while trying to protect his mother.

She, along with two younger Rodriquez children, remain hospitalized. Richard’s ROTC family organized a fitting memorial for the popular young man, on the Carter High School campus.

Richard’s classmates, fellow JROTC cadets and staff members honored his memory.

Carter High School co-principal Christine Foote, delivered a heart felt poem called “Remembrance” and encouraged everyone to think about those we care about in life.

The Christian Club, Alex Murray and Brittany Stone, honored Richard in prayer. A plaque was then dedicated in his honor and will eventually be given to surviving family members.

The JROTC Battalion conducted a traditional military role call by calling ‘cadet Richard Rodriquez’ three consecutive times, without reply. The silence was then broken by the playing of taps.

In a poetic final gesture, friend and fellow cadet, Nathan Quach and Battalion Commander Stephanie Jimenez, adorned in white gloves, placed a wreath in front of the formation.

Loyal, popular, dynamic, generous and courageous, Richard Rodriquez was a special young man. I feel compelled to break with writer’s form. We are something less without him. Richard was my student and he is gone too soon....

*For family donations, a family account has been established at: 1st Valley Credit Union, 402 2nd St. , San Bernardino, Ca 92401 26102 for Richard & family. Or call 854-4100.

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0 # Guest 2011-04-07 15:06
Psalm 23
The LORD is my shepherd,
I shall not be in want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
He restores my soul.
He guides me in paths of righteousness
for his name's sake.
Even though I walk
through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD
forever.
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