Isley Cachero, beloved UP alum and ‘Villan’, dies at 23
Isley Cachero poses for a picture in his graduation robes.
Photo courtesy of Kiley Cachero.
If you walked into Isley Cachero’s room in Villa Maria Hall any time between 2016 and 2020, you were instantly greeted with a smile, and more than likely, a question: “How’s it?”
“As far as Villa goes, he was the guy that everybody knew,” current senior and former Villa resident Matt Branick said. “One of the things I was so impressed by is that he would walk in the door and he would know every single person that was in there.”
Cachero, who hailed from Honolulu, Hawaii, was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), a rare brain tumor, during his junior year in winter of 2019. After two years of battling the tumor, Isley died on April 3, 2021, at the age of 23. He is remembered as a patient, funny and easy-going guy who could make a friend anywhere he went.
“He loved to laugh, he was full of jokes, very spirited, he always had something to say,” close friend Haley Nabarrete said. “He fed into that Villa energy so much, super involved, had a ton of ideas, he wasn’t afraid to share those ideas either.”