Rafa and his brothers were known as the terrors of East 14th Street. His brothers are short, like their mother, but mean mean mean (like all the sisters). Rafa is tall and fairer, like their dad, and did grow to overpower his tough older siblings and defend the youngers. He considered his dad a weak man, a drunk, so he didn’t want to be like him.
Rafa has a colorful backstory I wish I could just sit down and write. It would be very political, violent, and probably include too much Jake for EMR fans, but would explain Rafa’s emotions and you would all be proud of how far he actually has come.