Memorial Mass for Victims of 1990 HAPPY LAND SOCIAL CLUB Fire To Take Place on FRIDAY, March 25th 2016 in the Bronx

 

Bronx, New York — The 26th Memorial Mass in Commemoration of The Happy Land Social Club Fire Tragedy will take place on FRIDAY March 25th 2016 in the Bronx.

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The Memorial Mass will take place at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in The Bronx on FRIDAY March 25th 2016 at 7pm.  The address is:

1900 Crotona Parkway

Bronx, New York 10460

(718) 893-7600

 


The Memorial Mass (sponsored by Community Board Six in the Bronx) is scheduled to begin at 7pm and end at approximately 8pm.  There will be a reading of the names of the 87 victims of The Happy Land Social Club Fire, which took place early Sunday morning on March 25th 1990 at approximately 3:38 in the morning.


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On that day (a late Saturday night/Sunday morning) was the Happy Land Social Club Fire Tragedy, where Julio Gonzalez–A Cuban refugee–set fire to the only available exit in the unlicensed social club, “Happy Land Social Club” (at 1959 Southern Boulevard in the West Farms section of the Bronx) after an argument with his ex-girlfriend, Lydia Feliciano, who worked as a coat check girl at there.  The fire trapped most of the people partying inside killing 87 people.  Firefighters revealed that it was actually the smoke from the fire that killed everyone, not the actual fire itself.

On August 19th 1991, Julio Gonzalez was found guilty on 87 counts of arson and 87 counts of murder.  He received a sentence of 25 years to life and was denied parole in 2015.  He is scheduled for another parole hearing in November 2016.


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Of the 87 victims in the fire, 59 were Honduran.  42 of the 59 Hondurans were Garinagu.  (Garifuna plural).  The Happy Land Social Club was located at 1959 Southern Boulevard in the Bronx.

Typically, there is a procession / candlelight vigil from the Church to the Memorial which is located on Southern Boulevard and East Tremont in the Bronx.  It takes place AFTER The Memorial Mass.


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Below is video of the gathering at the Happy Land Fire Memorial in the Bronx.  It is from 2012.  At the beginning of  the video, the Our Father prayer is expressed in the Garifuna Language.

Front Page of The New York Daily News, dated Monday, March 26th 1990.  A Day after The Happy Land Social Club Fire.

Front Page of The New York Daily News, dated Monday, March 26th 1990. A Day after The Happy Land Social Club Fire.

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