An estimated thousand-plus people attended the funeral in Oakland's Fruitvale district yesterday of Jesus "Chuy" Campos, a 58-year-old, beloved community leader who was shot dead in an apparent robbery attempt at the restaurant he owned last Friday.
At Hugo’s Travel just down the street, two of Chuy Campos’ friends were waiting for the memorial service to start: there was the owner Hugo Guerrero -- who ate lunch at his friend’s restaurant every day for the last 25 years -- and Rafael Campos. They were sitting in front of a computer looking at images of their friend who was killed. Many of the pictures showed Chuy Campos at cultural events with politicians like Barbara Lee and Ignacio De La Fuente. The rest were outside at his beloved ranch in Castro Valley, where he cared for a host of animals.
Rafael Campos said he will never forget one of Chuy Campos' sayings: “We make a living by what we earn, but we make a life by what we give.”