Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Tragic Suicide of “Dreamer” Joaquin Luna



We have all suffered a tragic loss this week in the untimely passing of  “Dreamer”  Joaquin Luna.   Joaquin was an 18-year old senior at Juarez Lincoln High School in Mission, Texas.  He had aspirations of going to college and becoming an engineer so that he could improve his family’s life.  Because of the failure of the Dream Act to pass in Congress almost one year ago, Joaquin had lost hope.  On Friday, November 25 around 9 p.m., he dressed up in a suit and tie, kissed his family, and shot himself in the restroom with a small handgun.   Joaquin left suicide letters indicating that he was troubled by his immigration status.  In the words of his mother, Santa Lerma Mendoza, “He was saying he was going to do this because he wasn’t going to be able to continue with his college.” 

May we all pause to reflect upon this terrible tragedy and ask God for ways that we can support the Luna-Mendoza family and dignify the memory of Joaquin Luna. 


Robert Chao Romero
Assistant Professor
UCLA Chavez Department of Chicana/o Studies and Asian American Studies


 






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