Alejo Perez was 66 and worked for Windows on the World, a restaurant in the WTC, on the kitchen staff, with 41 other people, it is unknown specifically what he did.
Living in Union City, NJ one can imagine Alejo making his way to work every day using the subways. His nationality is listed as Dominican Republic, according to United in Memory, he was born there and immigrated to the United States. According to this same website, he was an american citizen. His quilt piece can be found at the above link under his name, this website would not let me download a copy of the picture of it.
Not much information could be found on Mr Perez specifically. According to memorials on legacy.com he was a "friend, a father and a husband" and had friends all over the country. Some of the memorials to him on this page were:
Prayers are with you and your family during this holiday season. God bless.
Tom (Beach Haven, NJ )
savemos que estas en el cielo junto a nuestro dios Jesus Cristo. Somos Perez y Perez seremos. Que dios the bendiga y te guarde en el cielo.
Jose Perez (Fort Bragg,, NC )
Which loosely translated is "I move away (meaning the author and the subject have been seperated) and you are in heaven with God Jesus Christ, we are brothers and brothers we will be God bless you and keep you in heaven.
This past weekend, Lubbock held a huge 9-11 Memorial with 3,412 American flags displayed in Kastman Park for 3 days. The Tribute was attended by thousands. At the close of the event, the flags were sold for $25.00 each, funds going for nursing scholarships. I bought a flag, and my tribute card was for Alejo Perez. I wanted to know about
him, and found this information on the web. I was in Boston on 9-11-01 and it was a chilling experience. I will fly this flag in Alejo's honor most proudly on patriotic holidays, and will never forget his name. Carol Mitchell Lee, Lubbock, Texas
Carol Lee (Lubbock, TX )
CHICHE FUISTE UNA PERSONA MUY EJEMPLAR EN TU COMUNIDAD Y HASTA LA ULTIMA HORA LO DESMOTRASTE MORISTE COMO UN HERO, QUE DIOS TE COJA EN SU REINO.
jeannette nunez (Brooklyn, NY )
Translation (loose) CHICHE YOU WERE A VERY EXEMPLARY PERSON IN YOUR COMMUNITY And UNTIL IT COMPLETES HOUR The DESMOTRASTE YOU DIED LIKE A HERO, THAT GOD TAKES To YOU IN THEIR KINGDOM.
Que Dios tenga a Chiche en la gloria y que Jesus y la Virgen Maria les de paz y conformidad a su familia.
Juana Fernandez (New York, NY )
Translation (loose): That God has to Chiche in the glory and that Jesus and the Maria Virgin them of peace and conformity to its family.
god bless america you are always in my heartand pray for all the victims family god bless.
carolina g pandales de johnon johnson (newport news v.a, VA )
May God Bless you and may you rest in peace forever more.
Angie Campbell (Denton, TX )
DEAR GOD SHINE YOUR LIGHT ON THIS WONDERFUL MAN..ALEJO PEREZ AND MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE WITH GOD AND HIS ANGELS..GOD BLESS HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS..GOD BLESS AMERICA AND NEW YORK FOREVER..MAY JESUS AND HIS SAINTS GREET YOU AT THE GATES OF HEAVEN...AMEN - Anonymous
am very touched by the lost of our close friend (alejo) he was more than a face to us, he was a friend, a father and a husband. I had the great opportunity of sharing some of his years, and he was always with a great attitude and a great sense of humor towards life* I loved him like a father, he will always be in our hearts! *CHICHE* your memories will always live in me*may you rest in peace and may the good lord protect you always, we love you and miss you, thank you for all the great moments, laughs and the great coffee we shared! love, Jackie.
Jacqueline Alvarez (Monterey, CA )
We see your sorrow-
and our hearts cry....
We can not erase your pain
but you do not have to face the anguish alone-for we-
-the American people-
are beside you.
We so desperately want to have the touch that brings you comfort,
the strength that gives you courage,
and the words to lighten your spirits.
And when we are left speechless
may the silence of our nation weave love into your hearts
to ease your sorrow.
May you find healing through our nation's strength as we-
-the American people-
face this difficult time together. Our hearts are with you. Teresa Jahn
Teresa Jahn (Dixon, IL )
As you can see, Alejo had friends stretching from coast to coast, family too. I like the fact that his nickname was "Chiche" I asked around and none of my hispanic speaking friends could come up with a translation.
As I wrote this article and learned a little bit more about the man name Alejo "Chiche" Perez I couldnt help but feel a sense of pride that this man had touched many lives, I was offered a brief glimpse into his life and I am blessed for it. I shed more than one tear reading and pasting and letting it sink in.
He must have had a real special knack for being someone who you could love and call a friend because now that I have completed this, in a way, I feel like his friend. I have no doubt that had I known this man when he was alive, I would have had respect and admiration for him.
Alejo Perez was one of the 2996 people killed on 9/11/2001 His memory will not fade and We will never forget.
God rest you Mr Perez, you were an innocent victim of a vicious cowardly attack, the american people love you and honor your memory.
Living in Robot City has another tribute to Mr Perez (I was the 2nd blogger assigned to him, Robot City got the first one.