'He wanted to take care of everybody before he took care of himself' – Dad’s tribute to son lost in motorcyle crash

LeRoy P. Leon Guerrero Jr. is shown in this undated Facebook photo. He died in a motorcycle crash Monday evening. He was 32. Mass will be said at San Miguel Church in Talofofo at 7 p.m., starting today, followed by the rosary. Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later time.

LeRoy P. Leon Guerrero Jr. was a happy-go-lucky man and a caring dad.

"His children were his life," his father, LeRoy Leon Guerrero Sr., a police sergeant 2, said Tuesday.

"He wanted to take care of everybody before he took care of himself," LeRoy Sr. said.

LeRoy Jr.'s life was cut short at 32. A motorcycle crash Monday night on slippery Route 8 in Maite cost the life of the younger Leon Guerrero.

Mass will be said at San Miguel Church in Talofofo at 7 p.m., starting today, followed by the rosary. Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later time.

Leroy Jr. left behind five kids – the youngest is 3 and the oldest is 8. He and his fiancee are expecting a child; due to be born about five months from now.

A certified auto technician, with Triple J Auto Group, LeRoy Jr. had a passion for cars and worked his way from being a teen fresh out of high school to earn the certifications he needed to be an auto tech professional.

"He worked his way up – he did good," LeRoy Sr. said.

Leroy Jr. grew up in Washington state where he finished high school, and after graduation, he came back to Guam and has made the island his home since.

On Guam, LeRoy Jr. was the light of his family, his father said.

When Leroy Jr. was born on July 16, 1987, as the second child, LeRoy Sr. said, he and his wife knew he would be the son that would carry his name.

LeRoy Sr. said his son loved cars, fixing cars and showcasing vehicles.

When LeRoy Jr. acquired a motorcycle more than a month ago, his dad said, he shared his concerns. There had been prior tragic motorcycle crashes on Guam, and the dad didn't want his son's life placed at risk by riding a motorcycle.

"I didn't want him to ride a bike," the crash victim's dad said.

On Monday night, LeRoy Sr., while on police duty, received a call no one wants to ever get.

His son had been in a motorcycle accident not far from where he was at. The dad rushed to the scene in Maite from Sinajana.

By the time he arrived at the crash scene, his son had been lifted onto an ambulance. Via a quick glance at the scene and the debris field – the dad and police officer who has responded to many crashes had a feeling. His son might be gone.

Earlier in the evening before the crash, the dad said he had a conversation with his beloved son. It turned out to be their last.

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