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Cuban family living in Nashville hopes Castro's death will bring about change

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Daniel and Mercedes Rodriguez Daniel and Mercedes Rodriguez
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Fidel Castro's death has been a reason for celebrating in some parts of the country, including Nashville.

In Hermitage one family who fled the regime more than fifty years ago is hoping his death will be the start of something new for their home country.

"These two are the epitome of what it is to be Cubans here and live the right way," said Michele Marrero.

Marrero is the oldest grandchild of Daniel and Mercedes Rodriguez.

"Same last name for 68 years now," said Daniel Rodriguez about his wife.

The couple fled Cuba in 1961 two years after Castro took control of the island. 

"I knew he was communist, he was a communist that was taking over so I was against him," said Rodriguez.

However, not everyone could see as clearly as Rodriguez when Castro came into power.

"They were lying so clearly that it was easy to see, but not everyone wanted to see," said Rodriguez.

For Rodriguez and his family they first moved to Miami where he continued being a minister.

He used that role to help those fleeing Cuba and helped thousands get visas to America.

"People came almost daily, 10 or 15 to see if I could help them," said Rodriguez.

Mercedes Rodriguez, who you can tell is still so proud of her husband, is hopeful Castro's death will signify new beginnings for her home.

"We feel that we have been liberated from that burden," said Mercedes.

"I started dancing. I'm sorry my grandfather doesn't like it, but I started dancing just as the street of Miami are dancing. It is a big day for us and hopefully it's a new start for us," said Marrero.

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