The Osorio family set up camp outside Best Buy in Spartanburg on Monday, and by mid-day Wednesday were still the first and only ones in line for the store’s midnight opening on Black Friday.
It’s where Rene Osorio’s son, Rudy Osorio, would have been, if he were still alive to share in the excitement.
The 18-year-old was hit by a car and killed Nov. 3 while walking across S.C. 11 in Inman. The S.C. Highway Patrol reported at the time that the driver of the vehicle was legally passing a slower vehicle when the wreck happened, and no charges were filed.
Before his death, Rene said her son talked to her about wanting to stand in line for Black Friday. He wanted a tablet and a new phone.
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“He would stay here the whole time and wouldn’t leave,” said the Inman mother.
So the family – Rene, another one of her sons, her two nieces and others – set up their blue-and-gray tent and claimed their spot in Rudy’s memory.
Lucinda Santiago, Rene’s niece, hopes to purchase a phone during the midnight shopping rush. This has been her first time experiencing the Black Friday wait.
“It’s cold,” said Lucinda, 11. “And people stare.”
But Rene said her son would have stuck it out, and so will she. She doesn’t plan to leave until the doors open at midnight on Friday, even if it means missing a Thanksgiving meal this year.
“He would have done it to help get his brother’s Christmas present,” Rene said of her son, describing him as “lovable” and “easy to get along with.” Rudy would have celebrated his 19th birthday a week after Thanksgiving.