Though her devoutly Jewish son is known for being the main sponsor for an elite Israeli soccer team and making multi-million dollar charitable gifts to Jewish organizations, she was guarded when speaking about some of his transgressions.
"When conflicts arose…conflicts arose," she said when asked about some of her son's troubles. "There were many things going on that I'm going to refrain from addressing."
Guma Aguiar has been arrested several times, including for drug possession and driving under the influence, according to court records. He is also on probation after pleading no contest to domestic violence charges.
In 2010, he was involuntarily admitted to an Israeli psychiatric hospital after his erratic behavior.
At the time, his family released a statement saying, "Guma Aguiar has been subjected for a prolonged period of time to intensive emotional pressures caused by malicious court cases in the United States concerning past business dealings with his uncle."
They went on to say that his was the victim of what amounted to "psychological terrorism."
In 2011, he was appointed an emergency guardian after his wife and mother petitioned a Miami-Dade judge for one, according to the Sun Sentinel.
"My son was a man of vision and dreams and he loves Israel and Jerusalem and he was a very spiritual person," Ellen Aguiar said. "And I will work to perpetuate his dreams and goals for his legacy and for his children and his children's children to preserve the ideals he carried with him in his heart. [He] was able to make so many of them possible, but it got cut short."