A Hero … A Dreamer … R.I.P.

His name was Alonso Guillén. He died a hero. Last week, he headed south from his home in Lufkin, Texas, with a borrowed boat, insisting he wanted to help rescue flood survivors. A week ago, last Wednesday, Alonso was helping to rescue those trapped by floodwaters in the Houston area when his boat hit an Interstate 45 bridge and capsized.  One of the two friends with Alonso was able to cling to a tree until he was rescued, but Alonso and his friend Tomas Carreon both died.


Alonso Guillen — DJ Ocho

On Friday, searchers found the body of Tomas Carreon. On Sunday, relatives finally found Alonso Guillén’s body. Alonso Guillén was 31 years old, Tomas Carreon was 25.  Mr. Carreon had three young children. Mr. Guillén’s mother, Ruiz de Guillén, lives in Piedras Negras, Mexico, and was initially denied entry into the U.S. once she learned of his death. According to the Washington Post, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol eventually worked with the Mexican Consulate to reach an agreement to allow Ms. Guillén to enter the U.S. in order to attend her son’s funeral.



Tomas Carreon with 6-year-old son


Alonso Guillén was a Dreamer, having entered the U.S. with his parents when he was 15 years of age.  Tomas Carreon was also a Dreamer until his marriage, which gave him permanent resident status.  Dreamers are those who came to the U.S. as children and are temporarily protected from deportation by DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). Alonso’s family has mixed immigration status and is divided by the border. His mother, a Mexican national, still lives in Piedras Negras, Mexico, with one of his brothers. His father is a legal resident, and his brother Jesus is a U.S. citizen.  Alonso had a driver’s license, a career as a radio DJ, and owned a home.  He had no criminal background, had never been arrested for so much as spitting on the sidewalk.  According to friends, family and coworkers, he was an all-around good guy.


Alonso Guillen

“He worked hard at everything he did and made life a little more enjoyable for everyone around him,” the radio station Y-100 wrote in a Facebook tribute. “A truly selfless man, he spent the last hours of his life helping others in a time of need.” Alonso’s radio name was “DJ Ocho”, a throwback to his early days when he found it difficult to say his name, Alonso, and called himself Ocho instead. He was known for his generosity in the Lufkin community. If a friend or neighbor needed anything — a wheelchair, money for a surgery, a car fix — he would lend a helping hand, using his reach through his radio show to rally support for those in need. He worked as a disc jockey at dance clubs on weekends, but he did not drink or smoke.

This is the man who would have lost his driver’s license, his job, his home and likely have been deported within the next six months, since the Idiot-in-Chief in the White House decided yesterday to rescind Obama’s 2012 DACA legislation.  This is the man that at least some portion of Trump’s base think are out to take their jobs.  This is a man who represents that group Trump referred to as “murderers and rapists”. This man believed in the U.S. — it was his country too.



I will have more to say about DACA in the coming weeks, but this post is a tribute to Mr. Alonso Guillén and Mr. Tomas Carreon … nothing more.

Two good men died doing what they believed in – helping people in need.  These two men, like many others, are heroes and deserve our respect. R.I.P. Mr. Tomas Carreon and Mr. Alonso Guillén.  Your courage, bravery and good works will not be forgotten.

20 thoughts on “A Hero … A Dreamer … R.I.P.

  1. What a sad story of a good man. So sorry to hear of his death.
    The world is heading down a bad path and the ordinary hero is no match for the evil forces unleashing. It is a sad time, a bleak time, and a dangerous time that is unfolding. We must all hold ourselves to account and try to do the best for each other. Neighbourliness is now crucial! We must not give in to hatreds.

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    • I absolutely agree, but sadly, many do not. Too many seem to feel threatened by anybody who is not a cookie-cutter image of themselves, and these are the rabid base that Trump plays off of. My thought … in constantly treating Muslims, who are peace-loving and kind people just like Christians or Jews or any other … in constantly treating them as evil, we are, in fact, creating an enemy. But what do I know? 😉

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  2. Remarkable man and a very sad story. Another example of the Trumpet’s insanity — the word one of his former co-workers used recently and an observation endorsed by the group of psychiatrists who contacted the Congress and told them our President of a “clear and present” danger to the world. Indeed…..

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    • Indeed so! Yes, I heard about the psychiatrists and I certainly cannot argue with their assessment. I said the same a year-and-a-half ago. It should be obvious to all, but apparently not to those who suffer the same. But yes, Guillen was as much a contributing member of society as any … more than many.

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    • Agreed. These Dreamers are as much a part of this country as any of us, they just don’t have the papers. But they want to work hard and contribute, and then look how they are treated. Another mark of shame on this nation.

      xxx Cwtch xxx

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    • Let us hope that Congress is finally getting fed up enough with Trump and his antics that they will do something right, something humanitarian, for a change. The Dreamers are just as much a part of this country as any of us, they just do not have the papers to prove it.


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