City College San Francisco The Guardsman
Journalism DepartmentIndicator
Volume 134, Issue 6

Families, Friends Gather To Cope With Loss of Activist
Students remember Jeff Trinidad with tears, laughter, and anger at health care system


A.S. students left a fond farewell on Trinidad's empty chair.
Jeff Trinidad's death is bridging a lot of people from different generations, racial and cultural backgrounds. They are together helping his family to cope with the loss, organizing religious and community memorial services, and much-needed fundraisers to cover the high cost of death in the United States.

On Dia De Los Muertos, the day of the tragedy, students had created an altar, which is now mainly dedicated to Jeff's death. That same night, many of his close friends gathered at a house to reflect on his life, his sense of humor, and the health problems that concluded in his death.

Tears were mixed with laughter when Natasha Pineda made people laugh as she told: "Jeff used to always stop on top of the stairs at the Student Union to breathŠ and then, he would take his time walking down the stairs." Some of Jeff's classmates laughed at the memory of Jeff falling asleep in class.

Giulio Sorro and many others expressed their anger towards the health care system for Jeff Trinidad "never got the medical attention his health required, never could afford the new diet he was prescribed... we can never forget that he was one poor Filipino the system did not care for."

"We can never forget that he was one poor Filipino the system did not care for."
Many accounts of Trinidad's commitment to the students and Filipino community were told by his friends Clay Ordona and Phil Chavez. Joaquin Sorro shed light on people questioning Trinidad's activism: "Jeff was the biggest activist up here but he didn't sport it like clothesŠ his activism was a table of mixed people laughing, eating, and playing the card game Pusoy Dos."

The viewing and community memorial service were held at Valente Marini Perata on Monday, Nov. 4 while the funeral services were held at Our Lady of Visitacion Church. His burial at the Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma was followed by a lunch at the City College Student Union.

At the weekly PEACE meeting Friday Nov. 8 students opted for a potluck. On Tuesday Nov. 12 City College students are throwing a fundraiser party to celebrate Jeff's 28th birthday. It will be at Club Malibu on the corner of 30th and Mission St.

Since the costs of death, memorial, and burial are so high his family needs financial help. Any donations can be sent to: Nenette Trinidad, 96 Tioga St., San Francisco, CA 94134