Sunday, September 30, 2012

Now a True Angel


Ruben “Angelo” Riguero-Brito
November 1, 1984-September 30, 2012

Such a senseless death, a valiant soul who tried to break up a fight, shot in the heart in a Dallas parking lot. Like a comet that streaks vividly in the night then dies, he made a vivid impression on all and was gone at age 27.

I met Angelo at Ellora’s Cave’s first Romanticon in 2009. Wow! Gorgeous, hunky, shy, sweet, with a delightful Venezuelan accent. I fell in love. So I was ecstatic when Syneca, EC’s fabulous photographer and art director, asked if I’d like to pose for some photos with him. Is the Pope Catholic? Of course I said yes. (You can read more about the photo shoot here). And here’s the result (yes, my wrinkles were Photoshopped out).


By the 2010 Romanticon, Angelo had matured, his leadership skills honed, his stage presence electric. But more important, he had heart. He loved people (especially older women, he swore), loved to smile and joke and hug.


 He had a way of looking at you during a conversation that made you feel like you were the most important thing in his universe at that moment. And could that man dance! Had us all swooning and in lust.



In 2011 Angelo was chosen “2012 Alpha Caveman” by a huge majority of the attendees. He rehearsed all the Cavemen in the dance skits and you could see how much he loved to dance, both on stage and on the dance floor. And look at his expertise at twirling a flaming baton!



His sense of humor sparkled, especially when he and Caveman Rodney called Bingo numbers at our farewell pizza party. Angelo was beautiful inside and out. He loved life and was full of energy. And can you say charisma? The man had it in abundance.

You will be sorely missed,
cariño. May God hold you close.


20 comments:

  1. I got to know him a little last year at Romanticon. he was SO sweet to both Kristin and I after he dropped the flaming baton between my feet! lol I have that video of him on my phone still pulling me up and calling me babe. And here I was thinking I was going to try to pester him for that massage I never got from him last year. .... makes me feel so bad. You never know when your life will be cut short.
    I have tears in my eyes, and i"m struggling so hard not to cry at the loss of such an amazing soul. He was truly beautiful inside and out. One of those men any woman would be lucky to have, and found out through that article he had a 6 year old son... to know he was a DAD... breaks my heart into even tinier pieces.

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  2. I met Angelo at Labare Dallas about 5 years ago. My sister and I had just gone out last night to celebrate our birthdays. I saw him we hugged, we talked and like you said he made me feel like I was the only person in the club. His smile is all I can see.

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  3. I had the honor of meeting Angelo for the first time at EC's 2010 RomantiCon. He was just as beautiful on the inside as the outside. Last year I had the pleasure of dancing with him at the 2011 RomCon. It was a very special moment I will cherish forever. His untimely death is devasting. Everyone who knew him loved him. Along with his infectious smile and charm, he had so much going for him. This is sad beyond words.
    Jen Schmidlin

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  4. Angelo had a great smile, eyes that sparkled, sometimes with mischief. Angelo was a true gentleman,always! I will always remember all the hugs he gave everyone. I will treasure my personal lap dance Angelo gave me last year. And the dance we (I should really say, he danced, I just swayed back and forth) danced as I Got The Moves Like Jagger played in the background. Oh boy could Angelo dance! He was just awesome.
    I am still shocked at this tragic news and the world will be a dimmer place since Angelo's light was permanently put out way too soon. My heart goes out to his family and friends. Angelo, you will be missed!

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  5. I think we were all halfway (if not wholly) in love with the man. He was kindness incarnate to us old farts.

    When the night was over and he was heading for his room I asked him to autograph my 2011 calendar and although he was so worn out he could barely stand, he told me to hurry and go get it...he would wait for me.

    And when I had trouble getting up the stairs to the second floor at my first Romanticon, he offered to carry me. Of course, I didn't let him get that hernia, but I let him help me. Such a sweetheart. He will be terribly missed.

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  6. Boy, he knew how to liven up a room. He had a beauty inside and out. He will be missed.

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  7. I'm truly sorry I never got the chance to meet him. He seems like the kind of person who lights up a room when they smile. My prayers are with his family and friends as well as the family he made with Ellora's Cave.

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  8. Thank you all for posting your memories of Angelo. It's wonderful to know he affected all of you in such a positive way. Vaya con Dios, Angelo.

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  9. Senseless Tragedy

    I have no doubt that Heaven's newest angel is creating quite a stir. The place will never be the same. From what I read he was a beautiful man both inside and out.

    God bless and give him peace

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  10. Cris, I had not heard this. I am so terribly sorry. Is there a news article online anywhere? My sympathies to all who knew him.

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  11. You wrote a wonderful tribute to Angelo, Cris. I'm sad for the lost of your friend. From what's been said, he was obviously a terrific young man all the way around. Sending you {{Hugs}} and Peace my friend♥, Nancy

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  12. Thanks for the sentiments, Kathye, Kate and Nancy. Here's a news article from the Dallas NBC service.

    http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Man-Shot-Killed-in-Dallas-Parking-Lot-171997891.html

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  13. Cris that was beautiful, I am sorry for loss of your friend. He sounded like a treasure that will be misses sending hugs and warm thought to you.

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  14. Cris, it's sad that in helping others, he was killed. He was a very brave young man.

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  15. I met him last year at Romanticon. I didn't spend much time with him but I did notice how he treated people and how people treated him. Everyone loved him and even the other men treated him with friendship and respect. He always seemed so happy and helpful and his spirit seemed so giving and caring. He seems to have touched people even when just barely knowing them. I can't imagine the loss for those so very close to him. So tragic.

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  16. A beautiful tribute Cris. Well spoken about a wonderful man.

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  17. It's easy to see that Angelo touched everyone's hearts. Thank you all for sharing. It's heartening to know that his killer is in custody.

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  18. Angelo was a beautiful soul. He had this way of making everyone he spoke to feel special. He will be forever missed.

    And may I say you created a touching tribute to a man who touched so many lives, Cris. I know it couldn't have been easy for you. (((HUGS)))

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  19. Thank you, Cindy. The tears kept coming as I browsed through my stash of Angelo photos to illustrate this tribute. My heart still aches.

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  20. This is well said. Angelo was incredibly special and he'll be missed very much.

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