Francisco Reynoso, with his wife Silvia and daughter Evelyn in the background, co-signed for his son's student loans. When his son Freddy was killed in a car accident after graduating from college, Reynoso not only had to deal with his grief but also with debt collectors constantly calling him to repay his son's loans. (J. Emilio Flores for ProPublica)

Grieving Father Struggles To Pay Dead Son’s Student Loans

A few months after he buried his son, Francisco Reynoso began getting notices in the mail. Then the debt collectors came calling. “They would say, ‘We don’t care what happened with your son, you have to pay us,’” recalled Reynoso, a gardener from Palmdale, Calif. Reynoso’s son, Freddy, had been the pride of his family […]

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