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Leo Suarez, deputy sports editor of The Miami Herald, died Thursday ni

January 6, 1995

KENDALL, Fla. (AP) _ Leo Suarez, deputy sports editor of The Miami Herald, died Thursday night at Baptist Hospital after a heart attack. He was 37.

``At such a young age, he had empowered so many young journalists, so may people around him,″ Herald columnist Liz Balmaseda said. ``Leo’s strength as a journalist is that he could touch and light up other people.″

Suarez began his career as a sports clerk at the now-defunct Miami News. He worked there for 12 years and spent three years at The Palm Beach Post before joining The Herald in 1992.

``It was incredible when Leo became the Dolphin writer. No one could believe it,″ said Manny Garcia, a Herald courthouse reporter and high school friend. ``The Cuban kid from Little Havana who played quarterback and threw a pretty decent spiral was now covering the Miami Dolphins. It was pretty amazing.″

His wife, Ana Veciana-Suarez, is a feature writer and columnist for The Herald. Suarez also is survived by his children, Leo Jr., Christopher, Benjamin, Nicholas and Rene, and his mother, Mabel Suarez.

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