The 6 Most Fascinating Latino Stories of the Year

A lot can happen in a year - stories both big and small. Stories that made our hearts ache and others that made us shake our heads in disbelief. And they've all been fascinating. We racked our brains and picked a handful of Latino news stories that were just that. 

1. 2012 Fascinating: Vicki Soto

One of this year’s most touching (and heart-wrenching) stories was that of 27-year-old Vicki (Victoria) Soto, a teacher who sacrificed her life for her first-grade students during the horrific Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

Jim Wiltsie, Soto’s cousin, told ABC’s Good Morning America that she was “definitely a hero.” “Her life dream was to be a teacher and her instinct’s kicked in and protected her children from the harm that was coming.”


2. 2012 Fascinating: George Zimmerman

The shooting of Travyon Martin was, without a question, one of the biggest news stories this year. On Feb. 26, 2012, the unarmed 17-year-old was shot by George Zimmerman, a Latino crime watch volunteer in Sanford, Fla. The teen’s death set off a national outcry and fits of rage, which ultimately led to the opening of an investigation in March. As more details surrounding Trayvon’s shooting emerged, it seemed as though everyone developed an opinion about it. Who could forget when Fox News host Geraldo Rivera said the slain teen was partially responsible for his death because he was wearing a hoodie at the time. And there was the hoodie movement, which spread like wildfire. 

The case is still ongoing.


3. 2012 Fascinating: Dania Londono Suarez

Don’t cross a Latina.

Dania Londono Suarez (the alleged Colombian escort at the center of the U.S. Secret Service scandal) didn’t hold her tongue when describing the agents she met last spring on NBC’s Today show. As you may recall, the scandal centered on the alleged misconduct of about a dozen Secret Service officers, agents, and supervisors in Cartagena, Colombia; the men were there for President Barack Obama’s appearance in the country for a Latin American summit.

The 24-year-old Suarez said the agents liked to show off their bodies and craved attention – something she said Colombian women weren’t accustomed to. She laughed when the Today reporter asked for her opinion of the agents, who she described as “stupid” and “idiots.”

“I don’t know how Obama had them in his security force,” she said.

Ouch.


4. 2012 Fascinating: Debates

There was plenty of drama surrounding this year’s presidential elections – and not just between the candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, who were the expected suspects. After the Commission on Presidential Debates announced its all-white lineup of moderators, Spanish-language media giant Univision confronted the organization about their picks. Jorge Ramos, one of the most beloved and trusted Latino journalists to date, spoke out about it.

"It's so interesting, because the Commission on Presidential Debates seems to believe that it is OK to have an African-American president, but it is not OK to have a moderator from a minority group," the silver-haired anchor said.

Univision ended up hosting a “Meet the Candidate” forum.


5. 2012 Fascinating: Latino Vote

Months before the 2012 election, there was growing chatter about the Latino vote and what role it would play in the election. As it turned out, Latinos turned out in record numbers on Election Day, voting in favor of President Barack Obama’s re-election by broad margins. Si se puede!


6. 2012 Fascinating: Analia Bouter

The miracle of life in the truest sense: Analia Bouter and her husband Fabian Veron’s premature baby was declared a stillborn by several doctors. After the Argentinean couple opened their baby girl’s coffin to say goodbye, they noticed that the baby was still breathing. The infant had survived 12 hours in a morgue cooler and was later named Luz Milagros (Light Miracle) by her parents.

What a perfect name.