CREATED Aug. 16, 2013
COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- 18-year-old Joseph Suazo was set to start his senior year at Golden Gate High School Monday. He and his mother Johana Nunez were killed by Joseph's father, 48-year-old Jose Suazo Thursday morning.
Golden Gate High School principal Jose Hernandez said Joseph Suazo touched the lives of every person he came in contact with, with his passion for soccer and personality that could light up a room.
"Very engaged in school activities, he was a good student, a tremendous athlete involved in soccer, ROTC, he was extremely like able." Hernandez said.
Hernandez said Joseph inspired others with his dedication to school, sports and extracurricular activities.
"He was a type of leader that led by example but also he was the kind of guy who was inspirational to others. Others looked up to him and students knew him as well as teachers who leaned on his strength." Hernandez said.
Hernandez said as students head back to class, he wants them to know they don't have to grieve alone.
"Our staff is prepared to lend supporting advice, and a hand and shoulder and guide our students through this horrific tragedy they're encountering." Hernandez said.
Hernandez said he wants students and friends to focus on why Joseph made such an impact.
"His smile and his passion for soccer, how he gave his all. What a bright future that he had prepared for himself and it's sad the world won't be able to see that." Hernandez said.
"To lose a young person like Joseph is not only a loss to Golden Gate High school and our Titan family, but to society and community as a whole." Hernandez said.
Principal Hernandez said Joseph Suazo will be honored at the first Golden Gate High School home football game.