Carlos Hernandez Gomez will be remembered on Chicago's streets

 

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Carlos Hernandez Gomez, a beloved and respected Chicago journalist who passed away in January, was honored Friday with a street naming.

At the corner of Racine and Grand avenues you can now see a brown city sign that reads Carlos Hernandez Gomez Honorary Way.

Family members, friends and colleagues of Carlos came out to honor the journalist who in his career worked for print publications and broadcast outlets, including Extra Bilingual Newspaper, La Opinion newspaper, The Chicago Reporter, WBEZ and CLTV.

At the ceremony, his father, Carlos Hernandez Sr., also spoke.

"He was a son of Chicago. This was his home. And he loved the city of Chicago and the city of Chicago loved him," he said.

He also encouraged people to ask their loved ones to be tested for colon cancer, which Carlos suffered from.

Ald. Walter Burnett Jr. (27th Ward) unveiled the sign on what would have been Carlos' 37th birthday.

"Carlos knew the streets, he knew the real deal, he knew what was going on because he got to the heart of the situation and got down and spoke to the real people in the community or in City Hall or behind the scenes," Burnett said.

Burnett said that when you spoke to Carlos off the record that it meant off the record.

"Chicago has lost a great reporter.... But now he's up in heaven reporting to God what's going on with the angels," he added.

Carlos' wife, WGN reporter Randi Belisomo Hernandez, also spoke at the ceremony about his love for the neighborhood known as "The Patch" where they lived together.

"We didn't have enough time in this neighborhood. Everyone knows that. But it was here that we had the greatest of times," she said.

Randi recalled how he loved going for pizza at Salerno's,  going to the local car wash to chat up the neighborhood guys and for horse-shoe shaped cookies at D'Amatos. Their condominium also is where he recovered from surgery watching the world go buy on Racine Avenue from their balcony, she recalled.

"The tomorrows we so trusted would come, never came. But I can now live my todays knowing he is watching over me right here on this corner," she added.

It's a fitting honor to my friend who will forever be remembered on the streets of Chicago.

 

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