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Cuban rafters: 20 years after the crisis

Young Cuban rafter who played Star-Spangled Banner on boat is now a mom and teacher in Hialeah

 
Lizbet Martínez, the violinist who arrived at the age of 12 during the 1994 exodus out of Cuba. Today, she teaches at a preschool in Hialeah.

Lizbet Martínez, the Cuban rafter girl who warmed the hearts of U.S. Coast Guard officers and many others across the nation 20 years ago with her rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner, still has the violin that made her famous.

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