“That fact that she came to work on Grandville isn’t a coincidence. This area had a lot to do with how we were raised and she wanted to give back.” -Francisco Velazquez, brother of Samariz Hernandez Cruz.
On Grandville Avenue, the name Samariz Hernandez Cruz, is synonymous with laughter, light, and advocacy. She called herself “tough love,” but there was nothing “tough” about it. She loved her community enthusiastically, unconditionally, and willingly.