Hugo, we miss you (Friday, February 14, 2003)
I don’t know
this guy very well. I met him just about 2 months ago. All I know it he
is a nice guy, and easy to talk. His name is Hugo, a Mexican, living in
Mission area, San Francisco. In fact, he is my co-worker, and we are working
together at a restaurant. Hugo works as kitchen helper in the kitchen.
I still remember he bought a case of bottled water from our store for
his co-workers in the kitchen. It was just yesterday. I still remember
his smiling face. The fact that I am mentioning him so much is that Hugo,
only 18 years old, a guy with good future, is no longer in this world.
He died on Thursday night, February 13, 2003, the day after he bought
the water from the store. More shockingly, someone with whom Hugo might
have had some problem in the past killed him. All of us were shocked and
felt deeply sorry for him.
No one knows what actually happened on the night, and how. According to
a close friend of him who is also working at another restaurant in the
same building, Hugo was shot several times while he was shopping at a
store. A car filled with some Mexican guys passing the store, and someone
inside the car shot him. Hugo ran out from the store, and fell down before
he could reach his home. We were talking at the restaurant yesterday.
Today he was not here and he will never come back again. The bottled water
he bought is still here on the shelf in the kitchen.
As soon as I heard the news, I felt very sad, and thinking deeply about
life. What is life all about? What is the purpose of being a human on
this planet earth? Are all of us predestined? Or is it cause and consequence?
Can we see our destiny or future? I know no one can give satisfactory
answers, and no one can solve those questions yet.
Anyway, the only thing I know is life is so precious, and being a human
is a great present from (I might say) God, an unknown mysterious creator
of the universe.
No matter what, we have to move on. Life is so short that we don’t
have time to be worried, unhappy, and unsatisfied. All we need is to show
our love to others, to see positive side of a situation, to help someone
who is in trouble, to understand each other, to forgive others, and to
see things clearly.
Dear Hugo, all of
us miss you, and remember you.
May your soul rests peacefully somewhere in the universe.