Fresno

Fighting for his beliefs

Fresno-- The first thing that Fernado Suárez del Solar thought about the morning of Sept. 11, 2011 was his son, who was entering his first week of U.S. Marine boot camp in Camp Pendleton.

"I was bathing and I heard the scream of my son's father," said Suárez del Solar about the morning that terrorists attacked targets in New York and Washington, D.C.

"I watched the television and I saw the Twin Towers," he said, thinking it was just an accident.

It was not until later that day at work that he heard about the true story. His son, who was born in México, told his father not to worry, that he would be sent to "scare Hussein."

On March 27, 2003, Jesús died when he stepped on a cluster bomb. He left behind a wife and infant child.

Since then, Suárez del Solar has started the Guerrero Azteca Peace Project to encourage Latinos, especially those born elsewhere, not to enlist in the military.

Immigrants have been under constant attack ever since the terrorist attacks, said Suárez del Solar, who was in Fresno to support last Saturday's Peace March. March organizers blame the $4 trillion price tag of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan for the recession.

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