David H. Hernandez, an East Hampton High School junior and a devout Catholic whose favorite place here was the East Hampton Cinema, took his own life on Sept. 29.
Born in Cuenca, Ecuador, on Dec. 28, 1995, to Carmita Barros and Humberto Hernandez, he came to East Hampton to live with his mother and sister in 2009.
“He was peaceful and happy. He loved to laugh,” his mother said this week, “and very religious. His rosary beads were always with him. The first week he was here, he said, ‘Mama, you don’t go to church on Sundays?’ ” and the family began attending services at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in East Hampton. “He loved to read his Bible.”
He also loved going to the movies, she said. She would drive him to the theater on Main Street whenever she could.
Although David did not like gym class at the high school, he “loved” gym classes in Ecuador, Ms. Barros said. He was very athletic, she said, and often went to the Y.M.C.A. East Hampton RECenter. “He loved to roller skate,” she said.
He was taking piano lessons, and would sing romantic songs in both English and Spanish. He enjoyed tranquil, relaxing music, said his mother.
“He wanted to be a pilot. He wanted to fly. That was his dream.”
Ms. Barros said her son used to tell her, “Yeah, Mom, I’m going to take care of you.”
In his last request, he asked to be buried in Ecuador.
Besides his mother, he is survived by a sister, Gabriella Hernandez, and a brother, Luis Huerta, both of East Hampton. He also leaves his grandmother, Luc Pena of Ecuador, two aunts, Ruth Barros of East Hampton and Anna Barros of Queens, and an uncle, Patricio Barros.
A viewing was held at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton on Oct. 2. Funeral services were held at Most Holy Trinity the next morning.