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Anastasio

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Anastasio

Anastasio Hernández Rojas was born on May 2, 1968 in San Luis Potosi, Mexico to Porfirio Hernández Rojas and Maria de la Luz Rojas Olivo. He was one of nine children (the 3rd oldest). Anastasio lived with his family until he was fifteen, when he migrated without documents to the San Diego, California in search of work. His goal, like that of many other Mexican migrants, was to earn enough money to help support his family back home.

In California, Anastasio worked for many years in the construction industry, eventually becoming a skilled drywaller and plasterer. Right before his death, he had been working in the pool construction business. Anastasio sent much of the money he earned to his parents in Mexico.

When he was about 21, Anastasio met his life partner Maria Puga. They had five children together: Yeimi Judith, Daisy Alejandra, Fabian Anastasio, Daniel, and Daniela. The children were all born in San Diego.

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Undated photograph of Anastasio at work plastering a pool.
Undated photograph of Anastasio at work plastering a pool.

 

 

 

 

 

[imagecaption]This photo is widely circulated in the media as a family photo provided courtesy of the Hernandez Rojas family.[/imagecaption]

Iconic image of Anastasio.
Iconic image of Anastasio.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[imagecaption]Photo created by Ricardo Favela, member of Equality Alliance in San Diego © 2012. Article: “Two years since death of Anastasio Hernandez Rojas and no answers” by Elizabeth Aguilera. http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/immigration/sdut-two-years-death-anastasio-hernandez-rojas-and-no-a-2012may30-htmlstory.html [/imagecaption]

 

 


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