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Rodolfo "Rudy" Pena

October 15, 1998 — November 5, 2021


October 15, 1998 – November 5, 2021

Rodolfo “Rudy” Peña, 23, was suddenly taken away from us and given his eternal reward now joining his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, November 5, 2021.

(2 Corinthians 4:17-18) “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all; so we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

Rudy leaves behind his parents: Maria de los Angeles Peña and Daniel Alberto Salinas; siblings: Jennifer (Sergio Gonzalez) Peña, Diana Peña, Eduardo “Lalo” Peña, Guadalupe Peña, Jr., Randy Peña, Ashley Peña, Danny Salinas, Jr., Laura Salinas as well as numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, many friends and an extended family.

Rudy was born in Laredo, Texas on October 15, 1998 to Guadalupe and Maria de los Angeles Peña and was raised in Laredo, where he attended local schools, his pride and joy being a J.W. Nixon High School Varsity Football player, sporting jersey #19.  Upon his high school graduation in 2018, he furthered his studies in the hope of one day joining the United States Border Patrol.  He was attending Laredo College to pursue a degree in Criminal Justice and concurrently was employed as a Physical Therapist.  Being the athlete that Rudy was, he enjoyed “Friday Night Lights”, attending most of the games here locally, always supporting his JW Nixon Mustangs.  Although Rudy had many positive attributes, the one attribute that stands out above all the rest was his contagious, warming, sincere smile.  God gave our Rudy the purest heart and shone his light for us and hope for salvation through Rudy’s smile.  Being social, loving music and dancing, as well as the love for family will forever be remembered by every person who had the privilege of knowing Rudy.  Today, we gather to mourn, just as the bible teaches us in Revelation 21:4 “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”  For now, we continue on this journey without Rudy, but hold his memory in our hearts and minds.  Our world has been shattered and we find our comfort with the prayers of those who have extended to us the sincerest of condolences.  We continue to pray for all the other victims in the hopes that their memories will never be forgotten.  Rest In Peace dearest Rudy, until we meet again, may your memory forever be a blessing unto us all.

He was welcomed into paradise by his father Guadalupe Peña Sr., who preceded him in death.

If there is one thing that you could do for Rudy during his funeral is SMILE, always remembering that joy and that he is present throughout our continued path.

The family will be receiving condolences on Thursday, November 11, 2021 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Joe Jackson North Funeral Chapel & Cremation Services, 1410 Jacaman Rd.; where Prayer Service will commence at 7 p.m. led by Pastor Jose Renteria of Iglesia Cristiana Emmanuel in the funeral chapel.

Visitation will continue on Friday morning, November 12, 2021 from 8 a.m. until 9:30 a.m.  The procession will depart the funeral chapel at 9:30 a.m.

A Graveside Service and Interment will follow at 10:00 a.m. at the Laredo City Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be: Sergio Gonzalez, Guadalupe Peña., Jr., Eduardo “Lalo” Peña, Romeo Hernández, Randy Peña, Coach Gilberto Palacios, Eliud Treviño, and Alex Perez.

It is always an honor to have the privilege to carry a friend and we wish we could give the honor to all who knew him; therefore, we name all his close friends that Rudy held near to his heart as his Honorary Pallbearers.  Know that with everything that you do, you will be remembering him.

You may express your condolences, share your favorite memories, and sign the guestbook online at:

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care and direction of the funeral service professionals at Joe Jackson North Funeral Chapels & Cremation Services, 1410 Jacaman Rd., Laredo, Texas 78041; (956)722-8850.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Thursday, November 11, 2021

5:00 - 9:00 pm (Central time)

Joe Jackson North Funeral Chapels

1410 Jacaman Rd., Laredo, TX 78041

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Prayer Service

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Starts at 7:00 pm (Central time)

Joe Jackson North Funeral Chapels

1410 Jacaman Rd., Laredo, TX 78041

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Friday, November 12, 2021

Starts at 10:00 am (Central time)

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