Everyone on Team Arrow (except for Curtis so far) has some tragic past, typically a loved one meeting an untimely end and a valid reason for why they’re gone (Oliver and Thea’s parents/Tommy, Digg’s brother Andy, Felicity’s imprisoned ex boyfriend killing himself).
So can I just say I really appreciate the writers giving Rene the same Tragic Past everyone else gets with a loved one dying and it’s not bc of gang activity??? Like it would’ve been so easy for the writers to be like “Rene was in a gang, specifically Latino and smuggling drugs, and a rival gang kills his wife.” Throw him down a Mayans off of SOA route but they didn’t.
Rene gets to have his “I lost a loved one” past and it’s his addict wife being held by her dealer and he tries to save her and shit goes wrong and she dies. Rene doesn’t have to be an ex super hard cholo thug, he gets to be ex military like Digg, he gets to be from the Glades like Roy, he has a daughter like Quentin. In this house we love and appreciate Mayor Queen’s Chief of Staff, Rene Ramirez.