San Francisco Bay View » Hugo Antonio Lyon Martinez Pinell, March 10, 1944-Aug. 12, 2015: In your absence – California News

San Francisco Bay View » Hugo Antonio Lyon Martinez Pinell, March 10, 1944-Aug. 12, 2015: In your absence – California News

by Allegra Taylor

In your absence

Hugo “Yogi” Pinell and his daughter, Allegra Taylor, treasure a visit at New Folsom Prison. Their love will forever radiate from this photo and one other, taken 13 days before his assassination on Aug. 15, 2015.

I am forced to accept the truth: You are not here with us. It’s been a two-year roller coaster ride; I have been up, down and all around with my emotions, as well as my thoughts. Tears stream down my face, and sometimes with a smile, when I am in deep thought of how much love you gave to me – and I miss that.

In your absence

I have been angry enough to want to SHOUT to the mountains about the torture and corruption you experienced at the hands of them who held you captive for 51 years. It is in that moment when my emotions are at a boiling point, I can hear the words you spoke to me of what I might experience in the future. I then become quiet and I close my eyes to regroup, because it is your legacy I represent.

In your absence

I wait for justice to be rendered in a broken system that I know didn’t give a damn about you. I show up in court every time there is a date scheduled, and when I am there I am waiting and wondering, when will we see justice? Each time I go to court to represent your legacy, I am haunted by the thoughts of the inhumane, torturous conditions that you lived and died in for 51 years. It takes all of my strength to keep my emotions under control, and it is only by the grace of God that I am able to manage.

In your absence

I had to find a way to continue on without you. I am left with a void that can only be filled with the memories we shared. I had to learn how to live in the moment as I am…

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