He was determined to go to the Marines, but he waited until his son was old enough so he would remember his father in case something ever happened to him.
— Cynthia Ayon, sister
Ayon mentored wayward teenagers, trying to talk them out of gang life. Corrido singer Lupillo Rivera, his favorite musical artist, sang at his funeral. Then Rivera removed his cowboy hat and tie and placed them atop the casket.
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