Not to mention, Kenji is still head-over-heels in love with his ex, whose name happens to be Athena!
Find out by reading the book or waiting for the movie to hit the big screens.
arly one morning in Dorchester, Massachusetts, John Willis Junior gently lifted his girlfriend's daughter, Mai Linn, from her sleep.
Willis, a burly 39-year-old with close cropped gray hair and bright blue eyes, had been away in Florida and come back to celebrate her ninth birthday that weekend.
He was once just another hockey-playing Catholic kid in this working-class Boston neighborhood. Shortly after putting her to bed, there was a pounding downstairs at their front door. Three years later, he's sitting in prison khakis across from me in a small room at the Federal Correctional Institution in Cumberland, Maryland, where he recently started serving a 20-year sentence for drug trafficking and money laundering. In person, Willis is cautious but respectful as he shares his story publicly for the first time, but he's an intimidating presence nonetheless. It's not as simple."on't be like your dad."That's what Willis' mother, Francine, always told him.
"Stay in the room, stay upstairs," Willis told Nguyen and her little girl. On his left arm is a tattoo of a dragon, for strength; a koi, for prosperity; and, on his elbow, the Chinese characters for pain."My life's been pain," he tells me in his thick Boston accent. You might look at a guy who's driving around in a Bentley and think that guy's got the world by the balls. According to Willis, his father, John, was a hard-drinking carpenter who collected money for the Irish mob.
When a kid stole his sneakers in middle school, Willis beat him with a chair and got sent to an alternative school for kids with bad behavior. "It was tough, I ain't gonna lie," Willis says.
Now, not only does she have to deal with dirty looks from the girls in school who want Kenji for themselves, but her supposed boyfriend is getting on her nerves.
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It all started when 17-year-old Athena Dizon (Kathryn Bernardo) unwittingly plays a trick on resident heartthrob and bad boy, Kenji de los Reyes (Daniel Padilla).
This was what he'd always wanted more than anything: a family and a sense of belonging, even if he had to find them in the most unconventional of ways. Moran later called "the kingpin, organizer and leader of a vast conspiracy." His business was oxycodone, the opioid known as pharmaceutical heroin.
Willis was the most notorious gangster in Asian organized crime – and, even more remarkably, the first white man to rise so high in this insular underworld. Starting in his teens, he muscled his way up through the ranks to become what U. In less than two years, he trafficked over 260,000 pills up from Florida to the Northeast for profits of more than million – though Willis puts the numbers at "10 times that." And like so many drug lords before him, he blew his cash on oceanfront homes in South Florida, sports cars, strip clubs and speedboats, and was, according to Moran, "a very dangerous, violent man."This is why Mai Linn never had a chance to celebrate her birthday with Willis after all. " Shutting the door behind him, he ran down the steps to find dozens of armed cops in helmets and bulletproof vests.
His beautiful Vietnamese-American girlfriend, Anh Nguyen, suggested they bring Mai Linn to bed with them so she could wake up and see his face first thing.