Young Cuban among the Victims in Orlando

By Cafe Fuerte

Alejandro Barrios Martinez, a native of Pinar del Rio.
Alejandro Barrios Martinez, a native of Pinar del Rio.

HAVANA TIMES – Alejandro Martinez Barrios dreamed for a long time of coming to the United States to build a future. Finally he managed to immigrate in 2014 with a familiar reunification claim and settled with his father in the Orlando area.

He was still in the stage of adapting to his new life, full of dreams and always attentive to the needs of the family who stayed behind in his native Bayate in the municipality of Candelaria, Pinar del Rio, when death surprised him in the early hours of Sunday at the Pulse Night Club in Orlando.

Barrios Martinez, 21, is one of the 49 victims of the worst slaughter in US history. If another person of Cuban origin died at the club is unknown.

“The family is living this tragedy with rage and anguish, in addition to being geographically separated. I repudiate what happened and defend the right to live of my cousin and all those who were there without explanation. And I do it because I know he expects that from me,” journalist Alvaro Alvarez, a resident in Chile, told Café Fuerte.

Alejandro Martínez Barrios (left) with his cousin, journalist Alvaro Alvarez.
Alejandro Martínez Barrios (left) with his cousin, journalist Alvaro Alvarez.

Alvarez recalled his cousin with emotional anecdotes and several photos on his Facebook page.

“I remember that many of my teachers there were also yours. I won’t forget the news that my biology teacher asked to be transferred to the library to sell bread with tomato and survive. In the end I don’t remember if she tutored you in biology or sold you her snacks. Oh, my little nephew… I will always remember you!” wrote the journalist.

The boy’s mother lives in Cuba and has already received a visa to attend the funeral.

“Perhaps this was an act of terrorism, but it is strongly marked by a pattern of an intolerant and discriminatory society and should not be an excuse for other forms of discrimination by race, religion, etc,” said Alvarez.

12 thoughts on “Young Cuban among the Victims in Orlando

  • June 26, 2016 at 8:23 am

    If i understand you correctly, US law protects the right to own guns because of the 2nd Amendment, but US citizens can be denied to right to board a plane because there is no amendment to protect that right.
    Should the government have the power to keep citizens off airplanes?

  • June 21, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    That argument was settled by a legal challenge. A wide range of guns are accepted as consistent with the 2nd Amendment. Some guns are not (i.e. artillery guns, RPGs, mortars).

  • June 21, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    It seems reasonable enough at first, …but then you have to consider that the FBI can place you on a no-fly list for a broad range of reasons. It would be hypothetically possible for the FBI to place millions of US citizens on the list and then use that as an excuse to confiscate their guns. That power runs into the 2nd Amendment.

    Yesterday, the US Senate voted on a bill to ban gun sales to individuals who’s names are on a terrorism watch list. To be place on the list, police or the FBI would have to present sufficient evidence to a judge justifying the inclusion on the list.

    This bill was sponsored by the Republican party, 53-47, but it was blocked by a Democrat filibuster. The Democrats objected to the requirement to present evidence to a judge. Perhaps President Obama could explain why his party is blocking sensible gun control laws?

  • June 21, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    I don’t think you are denying the accuracy of the NBC report.

    Some have proposed that the right to buy guns should be tied to the right to get on an airplane. Ie., someone who has been put on the no-fly list should also be denied the right to buy guns. What do you think of that proposal?

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