Yhuky was a special young man with a positive attitude. He made sure to light up your day with his contagious laugh and smile. He was selfless and generous - spending his paycheck on others before he spent it on himself. When our dad lost his car, Yhuky gladly gave him his without even being asked. He was comforting, protecting, and always made sure to express his feelings towards his loved ones. His mom even calls him “mushy” because he always made sure she knew how much he loves and appreciates her.
In 2008, Yhuky and his mother immigrated to the United States in hopes of a brighter future. Yhuky graduated from high school just last year and had his whole life ahead of him. He had plans to join the army but decided to stay and help pay for household expenses. He leaves behind a mother, a father, and three siblings.
On the night of May 14, Yhuky got off from work as a security guard at the V.A. Hospital and picked up his girlfriend around 8PM. They were sitting in his car when 3 people approached his vehicle trying to steal his car. One of them suddenly pulled out a gun. Yhuky’s natural reaction was to cover his girlfriend in hopes of using his body to protect her from any harm. They shot him twice, first in the side of his abdomen and another on his neck. His girlfriend was unharmed. Unfortunately, Yhuky didn’t survive.
Words cannot express how devastated my family is right now. We’re angry, we’re sad, we’re in disbelief, and we want justice for Yhuky. Police were able to locate and arrest one of the a**holes that shot my brother, and it won’t be long until they find the other two. In the meantime, we want to give Yhuky the memorial he deserves. This unexpected and senseless act could’ve happened to anyone’s friend, boyfriend, brother, or son. He didn’t have life insurance because what mother expects her son’s life to be cut short at 19 years. No family should ever have to go through what my family is going through. I humbly ask you to please help ease the financial burden this death has caused my family. We appreciate any amount you’re able to donate. All funds raised will go towards the ever-growing funeral expenses. Please help us commemorate and honor Yhuky’s heroism. Thank you so much.
-The Prado Family