In awe of his newborn son
“Family was the driving force in his life,” his older sister Maria said.
She saw it in the home-cooked meals he would bring her when she was a struggling single mother. In the pedicures he got with their mother, just so he could spend time with her. She saw it in the way he’d kiss his son — with an “awed look, like ‘I made that,’” Maria recalled. “That baby was everything to him.”
Israel Gamez Jr., 18, was shot and killed during an alleged robbery in Woodbridge, Virginia, on November 4, 2018. His son was 28 days old.