‘Be Strong’: Local Cuban’s Encouraging Words After Castro’s Death

HAVANA -- Longtime Cuban leader Fidel Castro is dead. Depending on who you ask, news of the cigar-smoking communist's death either brings tears or cheers.

In Miami, they're partying in the streets...

And people right here in North Texas are even joining in on the celebration.

"I was awakened by my 89-year-old aunt beating the pots and pans and celebrating in her own way," one local told NewsFix as she sipped coffee at Little Havana Cafe in Dallas.

The shop's owner, Ernesto Velez, was just 23-years-old when he made the tough decision to leave Cuba during Castro's controversial reign.

"You work hard here, you can eat and do whatever you want," Velez explained.  "In Cuba, there is nothing."

But now that Fidel Castro is dead, Velez feels there will be a change for his homeland, "I want the best for my people. Be strong, be hopeful and start a new beginning."

Politically speaking, when our present and future president got word of the news their reactions were day and night.

Trump tweeted:  "Fidel Castro is dead!"

While Obama sent out a long statement offering condolences to the Castro family and forecasting a change for Cuba.

There's no word on exactly how the 90-year-old died. He reportedly had been battling Parkinson's and other health problems.

Whether Fidel Castro is remembered as a tyrant or hero the truth is -- "a revolution" has been laid to rest!