Henry Fernandez: A House for His
he wasn't at his job making pastries at Windows on the
World, Henry Fernandez was probably out playing soccer
with his buddies at Flushing Park, or inviting friends to
the apartment he shared with four cousins. Or he would be
calling home, a small town in Ecuador, to check on his
mother and other family members.
"He was very active," said one of the cousins he lived
with, Hernan Calle, 29. "He would say, let's go play
soccer. Let's do this, let's do that. Oh! He had so many
friends, either people he worked with or paisanos from
Ecuador that he met here."
Mr. Fernandez, who was 23, came to New York about nine
years ago, and quickly found work and a home among his
relatives in Elmhurst, Queens, a neighborhood that has
attracted many from his country.
"A lot of people from Ecuador of that age, because of
the lack of employment there, come here to seek their
fortunes," the cousin said. "He and his brother Alfredo
wanted to buy a house for their mother."
"He was such a good young man," Mr. Calle said. "He
was like a brother to me."