MIAMI – Cuban exiles and their descendants in Miami are reflecting and jubilating in the hours after the government's announcement of Fidel Castro's death.
The news of Castro's death was long anticipated by the exiles who left after Castro took power, and in the decades since. Rumors have come and gone for decades, and Castro's death had become something of a joke — mostly because it seemed to happen so frequently.
This time, it was real. Folks banged pots with spoons, rapped on cowbells and whooped in jubilation on Calle Ocho (KY'-ay OH'-cho) early Saturday. Cars honked horns, and police blocked off streets.
Gabriel Morales is a 40-year-old financial executive. His parents left Cuba decades ago. He says the news of Castro's death "seems unreal."