LUIS CHIMBO: The Love of Her
Chimbo is having trouble starting a new life without the
love of her life for 20 years. Her husband, Luis, worked
as a receiving attendant at Windows on the World. "I have
to let him go," Mrs. Chimbo said, sobbing. "It doesn't
matter that I don't want to. But I have to."
Their 12-year-old son, Luis Eduardo, is having
trouble, too. He refuses to acknowledge his father's
death. He will not speak about it. He just goes to
school, comes home, and plays a brutal computer wrestling
game for hours. "When I tell him to stop, he tells me I
don't love him."
Mr. Chimbo, 39, of East Elmhurst, Queens, was the
center of the world for his wife and son. He played,
bicycled and played basketball with his son. While she
was pregnant with their son, he left Ecuador to set up a
new life for the family in New York. After the boy was
born, he brought his family to New York. "We were so
happy," Mrs. Chimbo said.
"He makes me dream," Mrs. Chimbo said. "I told him
please don't go. He said, `Don't cry anymore and let me
go.' I tell him that I can't. I tell him if he goes to
that place he will never come back."