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Letters: A story of hope from the L.A. riots

May 09, 2012

Re "An intersection's forgotten victim quietly moved on," Column, May 6

I, of course, have heard of Reginald Denny. I remember being absolutely horrified at his senseless beating. It was a scene straight out of a horror movie, and to me, it was akin to the end of the world — Armageddon, indeed, at Florence and Normandie.

I was unaware of Fidel Lopez's plight. Steve Lopez's article about him was intriguing yet painful to read.

The hopeful aspect of this story, which lifted my heart, was the appearance of a guardian angel in the form of the Rev. Bennie Newton, who stopped Lopez's attackers. Both of these men are heroes. Newton risked his own life for his brother, and Lopez has carried on with dignity and humility. He asks for nothing and holds no grudges.

Fidel Lopez, you are an inspiration to me. I'm sorry for what you had to go through.

Ellen Chris

West Hills


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