[Pnews] Hugo Lyon Antonio Pinell, aka Daddy

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Tue Sep 1 10:32:54 EDT 2015


*http://sfbayview.com/2015/08/hugo-lyon-antonio-pinell-aka-daddy/*


  Hugo Lyon Antonio Pinell, aka Daddy

*The longest held prisoner in Solitary Confinement: 46 years in 
Solitary, 51 years in prison*

*/by Allegra Taylor - August 31, 2015
/*

Aug. 12, 2015, I sat waiting for the mail to come as I did each day. 
This day it was different because for the first time my dad was in his 
first lockdown on the mainline. He had only been there 15 days – 
abruptly moved on July 29 after a meeting with the DRB (Departmental 
Review Board) on July 28. Each day I waited to hear from him hoping and 
praying he was OK. Finally the mailman delivered the letter I was 
waiting for.

This is “the hug” that rewarded Hugo Pinell after 46 years of being 
barred from touching a friendly human being. Allegra, who had the 
pictures taken Aug. 2, says her father asked that if these photos were 
published, “the hug” should come first. In his last letter to her, 
written two days before he died, he wrote: “I felt uncomfortable posing 
for our first photo. I was nervous; somehow I mustered up a smile. Then 
you got almost behind me, put your arms around me and I felt wonderful.” 
<http://sfbayview.com/?attachment_id=57613>

This is “the hug” that rewarded Hugo Pinell after 46 years of being 
barred from touching a friendly human being. Allegra, who had the 
pictures taken Aug. 2, says her father asked that if these photos were 
published, “the hug” should come first. In his last letter to her, 
written two days before he died, he wrote: “I felt uncomfortable posing 
for our first photo. I was nervous; somehow I mustered up a smile. Then 
you got almost behind me, put your arms around me and I felt wonderful.”

Here are quotes from Daddy’s letter I received the day he was killed. 
It’s dated Aug. 10, 2015 – a small sample of my loving Dad:

“Hi, Presiosa. Thinking of you always and loving you more with each 
heartbeat. Sending more love to the family and to All other true loved 
ones. It is Monday morning and it appears that the program is getting 
back to normal because more prisoners were let out for work assignments, 
but nothing official. No yard today; I know for sure because it is 12:00 
p.m. and we usually go out at 11 a.m.

“My Sweetheart Daughter, I love you, love you honey. I felt 
uncomfortable posing for our first photo. I was nervous; somehow I 
mustered up a smile. Then you got almost behind me, put your arms around 
me and I felt wonderful. Do take much care, give everyone more love and 
Yogi Bear hugs, and keep loving me.

“More hugs, kisses, and love,

“Your Daddy, Hugo L. Antonio”

Just a couple of hours after receiving my Dad’s letter, wherein he was 
telling me not to worry because he was OK and the lockdown had been 
placed on modified program; the phone rang and I answered it – to hear 
the news of my Dad being killed.

My heart was instantly broken. I fell to my knees … they killed my Daddy!

The news reports started coming in. On every television channel, they 
were talking about him being the most notorious and the most dangerous 
man in the CDCR (California Department of Corrections and 
Rehabilitation). To hear them describe my Dad that way was akin to 
killing him over and over again.

They referred to him as inmate A88401. To mainstream media, he was just 
another inmate, the worst of the worst. To so many, including many of 
the inmates, he was considered a living legend. He was considered to be 
the one who could not be broken.

He was the committed one, the one with vision and fortitude. To those 
who knew him personally, he was even more: He was the first born son, 
first grandchild, the big brother, the uncle, the nephew, and even the 
cousin. To me he was simply DAD!

My Dad was the best dad in the world. He used to say: “Honey I can’t 
give you much because I am here, and you are out there. The one thing I 
can give you is love.” Those words became the beginning of the best days 
of my life.

Each and every weekend I couldn’t wait to see him. My Dad was soft 
spoken and honest in sharing with me anything I wanted to know about the 
past, the present and the future.


      He was the committed one, the one with vision and fortitude. To
      those who knew him personally, he was even more: He was the first
      born son, first grandchild, the big brother, the uncle, the
      nephew, and even the cousin. To me he was simply DAD!

We had the best times together in our visits. He would talk and I 
listened. I talked and he listened. We cried and laughed together.

We went on imaginary trips back to San Francisco to our old neighborhood 
to Mission Delores Park, always together. It was our way of escaping the 
reality that he was in there and I was out here.

He would sing songs to me in English and in Spanish. He would tell me 
how blessed he felt to have me in his life and how spending time with me 
felt like a reward for the time he had invested in becoming a new man.

My Dad was a class act of love. No matter what he endured, he kept 
pushing on. He often stated that the continuous love and support he 
received was his backbone.


      No matter what he endured, he kept pushing on.

My Dad shall be remembered as *_unifier of people._* He lived, fought 
and died with purpose. His conviction as a humanitarian made him a 
revolutionary and an agent for change. His principal sense of integrity 
and love was the foundation of his strength.


      My Dad shall be remembered as *_unifier of people._* He lived,
      fought and died with purpose. His conviction as a humanitarian
      made him a revolutionary and an agent for change. His principal
      sense of integrity and love was the foundation of his strength.

In Loving Memory of my Dad

/Allegra Taylor is the only child of hero and martyr Hugo Pinell. She 
can be reached via the Bay View./

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