One of Robert Peace’s closest friends, Raquel Diaz is a Puerto Rican Yale student who, much like Robert, struggles with the condescending (and in some ways racist) atmosphere at Yale. After graduating, she and Robert remain close friends, and she seems to think of Robert as an older brother—someone she can vent to and talk with about her feelings. Raquel delivers a moving eulogy at Robert’s funeral.
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...Set gang has subsided. Nevertheless, he continues to carry a gun in his car—something that Raquel Diaz finds outrageous. One weekend, Robert and his old friends have a barbeque, and invite... (full context)
...knew Robert. Jeff mentions being Robert’s roommate, and how much he enjoyed Robert’s big grin. Raquel Diaz gives a long eulogy about Robert’s kindness and supportiveness. Robert is buried in Rosedale... (full context)