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People Are So Emotional Over These Parents Who Made A Miniature Blockbuster For Their Autistic Son

"It's just so wonderful."

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Meet 20-year-old Hector Zuniga. He lives in Texas.

Javier Zuniga

Hector is autistic and loves Blockbuster, his dad, also named Hector, told BuzzFeed News.

Visiting the store weekly was a part of his routine for around seven years. "Blockbuster was kind of like his lifeline," his dad said. "It was an anchor."

On Sunday, that store closed, a spokeswoman from Dish Network told BuzzFeed News.

But the parents had planned for the change and surprised their oldest son with this.

Javier Zuniga

His dad said they weren't sure if he was going to be happy about it.

"We were planning for the worst," he said.

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Hector's younger brother, Javier, posted photos of the family's surprise, and people were so touched.

MY AUTISTIC BROTHER WAS SAD THAT BLOCK BUSTER WAS CLOSING DOWN SO MY PARENTS MADE A MINI ONE AT HOME FOR HIM! 😭❀️

Simply wonderful.

@Sir_roozy @Javiii_Zuniga it's just so wonderful-- :)

SO. MANY. TEARS.

@Javiii_Zuniga WHY AM I CRYING πŸ˜­πŸ’“πŸ˜­πŸ’“

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Many people said that their admiration was incredibly personal.

@Javiii_Zuniga My autistic son is obsessed with dvd covers. He doesn't watch them, just collects. I get this. It's wonderful. 😊❀️

@Javiii_Zuniga My son has #autism and he also loves movies 😍 Congratulations to your parents πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ

People even wanted to make their own contributions to the in-home store.

@Javiii_Zuniga I read your family's story and I have 3 old badges from when I worked there that I'd love to send if… https://t.co/t4yUMfrL4l

The dad said that he's so happy about the story's attention, because it's a chance for his son to be seen.

β€œ[Hector's] so much in the shadows. The spotlight is never on him," he said.

"Even though he doesn’t really know what’s going on, at the very least it’s an opportunity for him to be on center stage."

Remy Smidt is a reporter with BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Remy Smidt at remy.smidt@buzzfeed.com.

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