Jose Joaquin, Guillermo Rojer’s Brother
On season 9 of 90 Day Fiancé, which debuted in April 2022, Guillermo Rojer left his life in the Dominican Republic to begin the K-1 visa process with real estate agent Kara Bass in Charlottesville, Virginia. While the pair had a short 35 days until their German beer hall wedding, Guillermo got the heartbreaking news in the middle of the night that his brother, José Joaquín, had died.
“Back in the Dominican Republic, José Joaquín had to move in with his middle brother in a different city so that they could, like, kind of caretake for him,” the Virginia native explained of her future husband’s sibling on a June 2022 episode of the flagship show. “He’s been going through some dialysis for about a year prior to him being hospitalized, and so I think last night, things really took a turn for the worse and that they didn’t think he was gonna make it.”
Unfortunately, due to the K-1 visa rules, Guillermo could not legally leave the United States to visit his brother in the Dominican Republic without an “Advance Parole” document. Without it, if he left the country in the days leading up to his nuptials to Kara, he would risk having to reapply for the fiancé visa since it only allows a one-time entry into the country.
The season 9 star found a special way to pay tribute to his late brother on his Virginia nuptials by designating a seat for him in the front row during their ceremony.