Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Alejandro Carrillo laid to rest

He was hardworking, loyal to his friends and enjoyed playing video games.

Alejandro Carrillo wasn't much different from other men his age.

On Saturday, his family said goodbye to the 22-year-old Marine sergeant who was killed Jan. 30 while serving in Iraq.

"He was a great guy, caring and loving," said his sister-in-law Erika Corrales.

The Carson High School graduate died Jan. 30 while conducting combat operations in Anbar. He was a driver with a combat logistics battalion.

While holding their 3-year-old son, Alejandro Jr., his widow, Maria Carrillo, said the family has been having a hard time coping with the loss, especially since he was supposed to come home later this month. The pair participated in the JROTC program at school together.

"Just knowing he was coming back in a few weeks makes it very difficult," she said. "But he was a great, great guy. He was hardworking. We're very proud of what he did."

Carrillo was deployed overseas for his first seven-month tour soon after finishing boot camp. He is the 12th South Bay resident to die in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Carrillo told friends and family he was thinking of studying psychology when he returned to civilian life.

Carrillo is survived by his wife and son; his parents, Daniel Carrillo and Luisa Bravo; three brothers, Juan, Luis and Allan; and a sister, Dayana.

From the Daily Breeze

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