José Gallardo Díaz was murdered on August 2, 1942 in Los Angeles. As a result, 12 Mexican Americans were wrongfully convicted in the famous “Sleepy Lagoon” trial. Prior to that fateful day, Díaz’s mother, Panfila Gallardo Díaz, requested a portrait before his scheduled military deployment.
This is the only photo of her son, whose murder remains a mystery today.
Site: “People & Events: José Gallardo Díaz (1919-1942). PBS. Accessed November 30, 2015, http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/zoot/eng_peopleevents/p_diaz.html.