The Five People You Meet in Heaven

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A young, cheerful man who works with Eddie in maintenance at Ruby Pier. He and his wife’s families are from Mexico, where many of their relatives still live. Eddie and Dominguez have a warm relationship, and after Eddie dies, he is the only person there to take care of Eddie’s arrangements. Dominguez becomes the new Head of Maintenance in Eddie’s place.
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Dominguez Character Timeline in The Five People You Meet in Heaven

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Chapter 1
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...the countdown of minutes to Eddie’s death. With 30 minutes left to live, Eddie encounters Dominguez, a cheerful young man who works with him in maintenance at Ruby Pier. Eddie gives... (full context)
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...the structure of the ride while a crowd of people gathers. Eddie directs the nerve-wracked Dominguez and Willie to climb a ladder and secure the cart long enough to help the... (full context)
Chapter 11
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...the scene, but nobody can look away. The “carnival tunes” play on in the background. Dominguez rushes out from the crowd, sees the fallen cart and Eddie beneath it, and he... (full context)
Chapter 17
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Back on earth, it is Monday morning at Ruby Pier. Dominguez has skipped breakfast and shows up at work in Maintenance. He and Willie stare at... (full context)
Chapter 25
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...of the employees can go back to work after. Before the service, a priest asks Dominguez to tell him something about who Eddie was. Dominguez thinks carefully, and then tells the... (full context)
Chapter 32
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On earth, Dominguez is walking with a detached, hurried estate attorney into Eddie’s apartment. Dominguez comments on how... (full context)
Chapter 36 (Epilogue)
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...a season until it reopened with a new name—becoming a “badge of courage” for teenagers. Dominguez was given Eddie’s job, and eventually put Eddie’s things away into a trunk in the... (full context)