Project 2996, Part Three
Leobardo Lopez Pascual
Leobardo was born and grew up in the small farm village of San Pablo Anicano in the state of Puebla, Mexico. He was one of twelve children. He married Mirna Huerta, had four children, and began a farm of his own. In 1997, he made the difficult decision to leave his family behind and make his way to the United States and find a way to make a better life for his wife and children.
He came to New York City and got a job as a morning cook at the Windows on the World restuarant on the 107th floor of the World Trade Center. He shared a one-bedroom apartment in the Bronx with a co-worker and his family.
For four years, he sent every penny that he could home to his wife every week, and packages of clothes and shoes several times a year. He watched his children grow up in the pictures that his wife sent as often as she could. He dreamed of bringing his family back together.
Leobardo was no different than the stockbrokers and lawyers who went to work every day in the World Trade Center. He lived for his family, he loved his family, he took care of his family.
There is no better tribute.