Death of former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro marks bittersweet moment for local family

Local attorney Alex De Castroverde reacts to the death of former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro 11/26/16 (Nathan O'Neal | KSNV)

The world is reacting to the death of former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. He was 90 years old.

For five decades Castro ruled Cuba with a firm fist. The former dictator’s death is garnering emotional reactions from Cuban-Americans across the globe, including right here in Las Vegas.

“He's a brutal dictator who has destroyed his country for power ... it's all about power,” said Alex De Castroverde, a Las Vegas attorney whose father was born in Cuba and fought against Castro’s regime.

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De Castroverde’s father Waldo began fighting against Castro at only 19 years old.

“My dad came to the United States and joined the brigade of Cuban immigrants that were trained by the CIA to overthrow Fidel Castro,” said De Castroverde. “As we know, the Bay of Pigs invasion was not successful and as a result and my dad, as a result, was in prison for two years.”

Waldo later moved to California and then to Las Vegas to become an attorney. His children followed suit.

“It instilled in us the belief that we are fortunate and lucky to live in this country,” said De Castroverde.

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Castro’s death marks a bittersweet moment for De Castroverde – rejoicing at the dictator’s death but also saddened his father did not live long enough to see this day.

“He wanted nothing else but to see Fidel Castro dead and today I know he's looking down ... at least closer to having a free Cuba,” said De Castroverde.

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