Rebuilding from a tragedy

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Debbie and Rosa Guzman, niece and sister of Willevaldo Guzman, prepare meals in the kitchen of Yonic’s Restaurant on Broadway Street Northeast. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

Debbie and Rosa Guzman, niece and sister of Willevaldo Guzman, prepare meals in the kitchen of Yonic’s Restaurant on Broadway Street Northeast. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

When Willevaldo Guzman sought to name his family’s restaurant in north Salem, he looked to his family, specifically his youngest son, Yonic.

The restaurant became known as Yonic’s restaurant and Willevaldo told his son, “Amigo, one day, that’s going to be yours.”

Yonic was enthused, “He was like, ‘Yeah, okay. I like it,’” Willevaldo said.

Sadly, the restaurant that bears Yonic’s name is carrying on without him. Yonic, 8, was killed after being ejected from the family’s SUV in a rollover accident Jan. 13 on Interstate 5. His family is now trying to reclaim their lives after the accident nearly cost Yonic’s brother an arm, and the family their home and business. Yonic’s Mexican Restaurant reopened last week.


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