CLERMONT, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - The mother, brother, and other family and friends of 23-year-old East Ridge High School graduate Stanley Almodovar III stood tall and solemn as city officials signed an official proclamation making June 28th forever Stanley Almodovar III Day.
"This man was a hero," Clermont Mayor Gail Ash said. "He put other people's lives in front of his own. How do you not mention that, you have to."
It was a small crowd Tuesday night for a big moment for the family of a man who died way too soon for no good reason.
A man hailed a hero. A man future generations here in this south Lake City will now know of. "Everyone is talking about this happening because they are gay," Stanley's mother Rosalia Ramos said. "They are human. We have to love them."
Rosalia said this honor made her proud, but it was clear by all she said, and did not say, she already was before ever stepping foot in the city building. "He is my hero. I loved my son a lot. I'm still waiting for him to come through the door. Especially around 3 o'clock. But I know my son would want me to be strong."