Quintin Vargas, age 19

Lost to gun violence on August 3, 2017 in Austin, Texas.

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  • Nickname:
    1 Lucky, Q, Oni
  • Number of children:
    1 0
  • Personality:
    4 He was one of the brightest students I've ever had.
    1 Quintin (Oni to family, Q or Lucky to his friends)
    1 I love you Oni, miss you so much.
    1 Quintin was so funny, so imaginative and very sweet.
  • Occupation:
    1 Burger King Cook, student - pre-apprentice electrical
  • Workplace:
    1 Burger King
  • Schools attended:
    1 McNeil High School - Quintin was MOST DEFINITELY a victim of the school to prison pipeline.
  • Comments:
    1 R.I.P 🕯
    1 Miss you every day, Q.
    1 They wore him down until he didn't think he could succeed.
    1 Instead, they seemed to work tirelessly to get him pulled out from under their care...
    1 ...and send him instead to correctional facilities...
    1 ...(Round Rock Detention Center and other ill-equipped campuses),...
    1 ...he was only 14 when McNeil got their hands on his future and...
    1 ..."passed the buck" on his future to a carnivorous system.
    1 The correctional facilitates he was sent to didn't care about him or the...
    1 ...the community he would need to integrate into.
    1 This system is broken and failing our youth.
    1 We believe that this is when Quintin became involved in gang activities.
    1 We truly believe that the McNeil High School staff are more than...
    1 ...partly responsible for what happened to him.
    1 They fed him to the DISGUSTING, RACIST AND ABUSIVE JUSTICE SYSTEM.
    1 ...to provide a REAL opportunity for success, failed because...
    1 ..they didn't want to be bothered.
    1 SCHOOLS LIKE MCNEIL HIGH SCHOOL CONTINUE TO FAIL OUR CHILDREN.
    1 It took the love and patience of the campus staff at Goodwill for Quintin...
    1 ...to find the motivation to pull himself up believe in himself again.
    1 I will never know if the McNeil High staff that quit on my son...
    1 ...but I sometimes wonder WHEN those people will realize the karmic debt they have..,
    1 ...because THEY SHOULD HAVE DONE BETTER.
    1 Thank you Goodwill. I saw my son walk with cap and gown...
    1 ...on 8/1/17. Just a couple of days before he was shot in the chest.
    1 http://gunmemorial.org/2017/08/03/quintin-vargas
    1 Quintin was shot through the chest on the 3rd, passed away on the 4th.

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