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We Love You, Roxana

Posted on: Friday, July 12, 2013

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(c) Jaclyn KrakowskiRoxanaWe are stunned and heartbroken to share the news of the loss of our friend and sister: Roxana Diaz Gomez. She was hit by a drunk driver as she walked to a subway station, and she died on the evening of July 10 from the injuries she sustained.

With her senseless passing at just 27, the world has lost a young woman full of laughter, intelligence and tenacity. We mourn that she was taken from us so suddenly and so soon, but we celebrate the time we had with her and the joy she brought to our lives.

Roxana was born and raised in Managua, Nicaragua, a treasured member of a loving family and circle of friends. She graduated from Tulane University in 2007, and she was pursuing an advanced degree at Columbia University. She also worked with the organizations Operation Smile and the International Indigenous Women's Forum.

For the past three years, Roxana dedicated herself wholeheartedly to her work as a Program Coordinator at MADRE. All of us who had the opportunity to work beside her were inspired and impressed by her drive to work for social justice worldwide. She was fierce, hard-working and tireless, and she motivated others to be the same. What’s more, she knew how to have fun and how to be funny, how to be there for friends in tough times and make them laugh.

We will always hold her in our hearts and count ourselves lucky to have known her.

We miss you, and we love you, Roxana.

All of us at MADRE

Click here for details about a memorial service, held on July 24.

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Estamos super tristes y dolidas de compartir la noticia de la perdida de nuestra amiga y hermana: Roxana Diaz Gomez. Roxana tuvo un accidente atropellada por un conductor alcoholizado cuando iba caminando a la estacion del tren, y murio el 10 de Julio a causa del impacto.

Con la tristeza de su fallecimiento con sólo 27 años, el mundo ha perdido a una joven mujer llena de sonrisas, inteligencia y tenacidad. Lamentamos mucho que la hemos perdido, así de repente y tan pronto, pero celebramos el tiempo que pasamos con ella y la alegría que trajo a nuestras vidas.

Roxana nacio y crecio en Managua, Nicaragua, la hija preciada de una maravillosa familia y circulo de amigas y amigos. Se graduo de la Universidad de Tulane en el 2007, y estaba realizando sus estudios avanzados en la Universidad de Columbia. Tambien trabajo en las organizaciones Operacion Sonrisa y el Foro Internacional de Mujeres Indigenas.

En los ultimos tres años, Roxana se dedico con entusiasmo a su trabajo como Coordinadora de Programas en MADRE. Todas y todos los que hemos tenido la oportunidad de trabajar junto a ella nos hemos inspirado y admirado su determinacion para trabajar por la justicia social en todo el mundo. Roxana era tenaz, trabajadora e incansable, y motivó a muchas de nosotras a ser igual. Es más, sabía cómo divertirse y cómo ser divertida, como estar junto a sus amigas y amigos en los momentos difíciles y hacernos reír.

Siempre te tendremos en nuestros corazones y nos consideramos dichosas de haberte conocido.

Te extrañamos y te queremos mucho Roxana.

Todas tus compañeras en MADRE


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