Parents surprise autistic son after beloved RGV Blockbuster closes down

Hector Andres Zuniga's parents made him his very own mini-replica of store

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MISSION, Texas – When one door closed, another opened for Hector Andres Zuniga, a 20-year-old man with autism from Mission who had been visiting his local Blockbuster since his early teens.

His family gave him the surprise of a lifetime when they set up his very own “in-house” Blockbuster after learning their local store would close soon.

Hector Andres Zuniga’s brother, Javier Zuniga, told KSAT 12 News that their parents came up with the idea for a mini-replica of the store once the Blockbuster started selling off its inventory to prepare for the closure.

“They needed to act fast and bought a lot of his favorite movies. They bought a shelf from Blockbuster and (made) a Blockbuster at home,” Javier Zuniga said about his parents’ idea.

Javier Zuniga said his brother was joyous about seeing his new mini-store.

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“He was happy. And he was clapping and was laughing with joy,” Javier Zuniga said.

Hector Andres Zuniga is nonverbal and uses hand gestures to communicate with his family.


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