Popular restaurateur is mourned

Popular restaurateur is mourned

There are 48 comments on the LA Daily News story from Sep 26, 2009, titled Popular restaurateur is mourned. In it, LA Daily News reports that:

Ivania Torres, Alexis Vacio. Iris Vacio, Brian Vacio and Chele Torres stand in El Pollo Amigo in West Hills, CA.

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Franklyn Gottbetter

United States

#88 Oct 1, 2009
Waldo was a true and genuine guy. He looked imposing with his body builder frame dark skin and ponytail but was gentle as a lamb and had a heart of gold. I would try to order off his menu and he would direct me towards things that where healthier for me. He cared about everyone. He introduced himself to me at the gym and we talked often after that. My daughter loved to just eat the Spanish rice but when she started eating the chicken (that is amazing) he would throw in a piece for her. He was generous that way. I will miss him.
Nelson Family

Palmdale, CA

#89 Oct 1, 2009
To the Vacio family,
Your Dad will be greatly missed. He had the biggest heart and would always have that great smile when you talked to him. We have been ordering Pollo Amigo for about 9 years or so. Not only is the food great, you have such great service that is hard to find everywhere. We share your sorrow with you. But we also feel very, very lucky and blessed to have had him in our lives.
God bless,
The Nelson Family
Nelson Family

Palmdale, CA

#90 Oct 1, 2009
From: Woodland Hills, CA
Used to live there

O Fallon, MO

#91 Oct 2, 2009
RIP Waldo
Debra Murphy_San Jose

San Anselmo, CA

#92 Oct 3, 2009
I heard the news today..... Our family is very sad. We moved from West Hills 9 years ago but we never forgot Waldo. Every time we floated through town and dropped in it was wonderful to be remembered by him. That was the kind of man he was. Huge smile, loved people, so easy to talk to and he tood such an interest. I remember telling him how proud I was that he took over the business and was so dedicated to his family. He helped us build community by catering our neighborhood picnic for over 300 in West Hills, he also catered dinners at our home and just plain comfort food for our family. I wish I could turn back the clock and have taken in his smile just one more time. We met him over 15 years ago but we will remember for him forever....
Neighborhoodwatc hbear

United States

#93 Oct 6, 2009
Has anyone heard of a follow up to this story? Are the police still investigating or do they know for sure what happened? Will the SUV driver be charged with a crime?

My heart goes out to Waldo's family and friends who loved him so much. I think in the interest of clousure for everyone in this community, we are due some answers.
PeterD

Los Angeles, CA

#96 Oct 22, 2009
I worked at the pizza place next door to El Pollo Amigo on and off for many years, and have known Waldo for over a decade. That man was the BEST, he had so much class, and was so cool. Im a man, and I cried the moment I heard the news. That man was the friggin BEST.

He was truly the nicest guy in the world. On a regular basis he would stop and tell me that he was proud of me and my parents are proud of me for going to school and keeping a part time job. Genuinely nice guy. I am horrified to know what happened to him. My deepest condolences to his family. Im very sorry.

His restaurant has amazing food, because he was an amazing individual.

I know that Waldo would not want revenge, he was too kind of a soul to wish that.

You'll be loved and never forgotten by those who new you. RIP WALDO
Waldos Soup Cured Me

Los Angeles, CA

#97 Oct 30, 2009
Our family is so upset over the loss of Waldo.
Such an amazing man who touched our community....Our community deserves to be notified - update regarding the woman on the cellphone driving....no pay-offs for this crime...we will never forget Waldo!
Brian, your dad has given you his wing...he lives within you.

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