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Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Inspired by Putting others first, right to the last: Selfless handyman dies protection Va. family in attack (Washington Post 5/19/10).

“Without Jose, I firmly believe I would not be alive right now… Now I’m the brother and the son. Money comes and goes. We’re going to help his family out however we can.” – Robbie Brar
“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” — John 15:13

Jose Rosales died on Monday morning.

The American family he adopted is in mourning.

He worked for the Brar’s construction business and on their estate

And sent the money back to his sons and mother, whose health wasn’t great.

When armed men threatened the second family he viewed as his own,

He thought of their safety instead of his own.

“Get away from my brother and my mom,” he told them,

And put himself between the Brar family and them.

Jose jumped one of the men and took his gun.

The other threatened to shoot Mrs. Brar for what Jose had done.

Give the gun back, or else, the still armed man said,

And when Jose did, the guy shot him dead.

The intruders panicked and fled the scene,

Not even taking anything.

Why did they have to kill him?

Would they if they had known him?

Was Jose illegal? That’s not really important–

I though the article would say, but it didn’t.

(Maybe they didn’t want to put in print

That Jose was an illegal immigrant.)

But if he was, did that make him evil,

Like the illegals in Arizona who have caused such upheaval?

In Arizona, Jose would have been for his papers asked

By the local police who with that job have been tasked.

If to produce them he had then failed,

Jose would have been arrested, and deported or jailed.

But however he got here, the Brars are glad he came,

And will never forget his name.

Jose was a good, selfless, and hard working man

Who just happened to be Latin American.

It’s men like Jose Rosales the antis would of that opportunity strip.

It’s men like Jose Rosales who should have a path to citizenship.


Police have released a sketch (see it below) and description of the suspects: two black men, one 20-25 years old and the other (possibly knick-named “Slim”) in his late 20s to mid 30s, dark-skinned, and speaking with a raspy voice. They were reportedly driving a white, older model Toyota truck. Anyone who has seen the suspects or their vehicle or has any other information about the crime should call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131, or contact Crime Solvers at 866/411-8477, by email at, or text TIP 187 and your message to CRIMES/274637.

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