Diego was a young, vulnerable follower of Fly Rico, the powerful leader of the Pachucos, a Latino "Zoot Suit" gang. Ready to lay down his life for his Pachuco brothers or sisters, he becomes caught up in a dangerous event far beyond his control.
Throughout the SeriesEdit
Fly Rico and his crew of pachucos, including Diego and Bernadette hang out in the local record shop. They notice as Mateo confronts a customer who was hooking up with his sister, Josefina in the booth.
The Pachucos are held up at the The Crimson Cat. Fly Rico introduces them to Mateo Vega. Fly Rico recalls how Mateo stood toe-to-toe with Riley. He asks Mateo what took him so long to show up. Mateo explains that he had to work. Fly Rico tells him that work’s for saps and gringos. Rio then invites Mateo onto the dance floor. Mateo and Rico dance center floor. Fly Rico, Diego, and Bernadette join them. Officer Riley and at least a couple dozen officers enter the Cat. The city has issued a curfew for Mexicans as of ten minutes ago. It’s not until Riley insults them by referring to Rio as an "albino dyke" and Rico and his boys as "pretty faggots," that the scene turns violent. Rio throws the first punch. Diego, Bernadette, and the others fight them off as Rio, Fly Rico, and Mateo escape out the back.
Diego is arrested by Officer Riley and handcuffed to a chair as Riley beats him mercilessly. Tiago slams Riley against a wall and tells him to stay away from Diego or else he’ll kill him. Captain Vanderhoff arrives and calls Tiago into his office.
Mateo arrives at the Crimson Cat and reveals to Diego, Fly Rico, Rio, and Bernadette that his sister was assaulted by Riley. Rico tells him that situations like this happen all the time. Rio wants to teach him a lesson. Bernadette reveals that Riley keeps little girls down in Sonoratown, puts them on smack, and they’re his bitches. Bernadette knows the one now. Her name is Sofia. She was a good girl before Riley got a hold of her. Mateo approaches Rico and tells him that he will get his revenge on Riley. Diego agrees to help him.
Diego, Fly Rico, Rio, and Mateo track Riley down. They kick in his door and proceed to attack him. They stand over a beaten and bloody Riley. Fly Rico hands Mateo a blade and tells him to kill Riley, reminding Mateo that it was Riley who assaulted his sister and that they can't leave him alive now that he's seen their faces. Mateo takes the blade and slices Riley’s throat, killing him in seconds. Fly Rico, Rio, Mateo, and Diego then pull up outside the precinct and dump Riley’s naked body on the sidewalk before pulling off.
Tiago and Lewis kick in the door and find themselves face-to-face with Rio, Mateo, and Diego. Tiago has his gun pointed at Mateo. Fly Rico tackles Tiago to the floor, knocking the gun from his hand, and Rio throws the table at Lewis, providing them with a chance to escape; Fly Rico and Mateo down the fire escape and Rio and Diego out the front door. Rio escapes through the stairwell, locking Diego outside to be apprehended by Lewis.
Diego is taken to the precinct and interrogated by Tiago and Lewis, though he doesn’t do much talking. Tiago accuses Diego of killing Officer Reilly, but Diego insists that he’s innocent. They have motive and a witness to put him at the scene of the crime. Tiago informs Diego that when he’s convicted, they’ll try to put him in the gas chamber. Lewis starts to suspect that maybe Diego isn’t the killer. He knows it wasn’t Rico or Rio, but he inquires about the fourth guy that got away, i.e. Mateo. As Lewis leaves the room to get Diego a drink, Diego realizes that Lewis has no idea that Mateo, the actual killer, is Tiago’s brother. Diego has no intentions on snitching on Mateo, however. Instead, he wants Tiago to help him escape. He proposes that Tiago give him his gun.
Tiago lays out Reilly’s autopsy photos for Diego. He tells Diego to imagine himself in the courtroom across from Reilly’s wife and kids. He then shows Diego a photo of another man who was sent to the gas chamber. The gas they use is cyanide. It turns their skin purple. Diego will be strapped to the chair in just his underwear so that it doesn’t get trapped in his clothes. The more he fights it, the longer the gas takes to kill him. Diego insists that he’s innocent. Lewis proposes that Diego give his side of the story. Diego claims that he was with his brother and that they went down to the river to catch something to eat. They went hunting for mud hens. He explains that if you scare them, they’ll faint. Lewis explains that they’re playing dead, not fainting. Tiago asks to be left alone with Diego, but instead, Lewis calls Tiago out into the hallway with him. As Tiago is on his way out, Diego reminds him of the plan.
One thing Lewis has learned in all his time as a cop is that when someone’s telling you a story, usually there’s something in it, such as Diego’s story about the mud hens. The part about Diego’s brother doesn’t add up. He suspects that maybe Diego’s brother is the other guy that Tiago chased after. However, Diego says that it wasn’t his brother. With only 30 minutes left before the other officers have at Diego, he’s becoming more and more concerned. When Diego reveals that his brother is dead, Tiago takes off his jacket. Lewis questions why Diego even involved his brother in the story and how Reilly’s involved. Just as Diego is about to reveal the truth, Tiago slams his head on the table and puts the gun to his head. Lewis slams Tiago into the wall and pulls him out into the hallway.
Tiago and Lewis return to finish their interrogation of Diego. Lewis reveals that he grew up in Jersey City and it wasn’t so different from Belvedere Heights. All in all, poor folks will always be left with the shit and nothing will ever change that. The Hazlett case for instance is a big pile of shit that only leads to more shit, such as the riot, four dead cops, eight dead Mexicans, Reilly cuffing Diego to that chair. Hazlett was the beginning of it all. He suggests that Diego confess to killing the Hazlett family as well as Reilly. No matter what happens next, one thing is certain: Diego is going to San Quentin, and he’s never coming out. However, he gets to decide if he goes as a rat or a legend. Rats don’t fend well, but guys who take the weight, such as the deaths of a wealthy white family that was dumped in the river and an officer, they live like kings in San Quentin. Diego concedes and falsely confesses to killing the Hazlett family and Officer Reilly.
Diego is being transferred to San Quentin. Lewis escorts Diego out in handcuffs. He recalls Lewis saying he would be the King of San Quentin. Lewis tells Diego that word has spread that he took the heat, and therefore, he will own San Quentin. Lewis is then joined by Murphy. They put Diego into the back of a car, as he is bombarded by the press.
Lewis rides in the back of the police vehicle as Diego is being transported to Union Station. Suddenly, the vehicle stops. Lewis is held down by his fellow officers as Diego is taken out of the car and hanged from a street light by Murphy and several other officers.
Appearance and PersonalityEdit
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
- Santa Muerte
- Wicked Old World
- Josefina and the Holy Spirit
- Children of the Royal Sun
- How It Is With Brothers
- Sing, Sing, Sing