Thursday, May 03, 2007

Eddie Tamez remembered

Eddie D. Tamez's mother, Magdalena Tamez Dunn, said she spoke with her son two days before his death. He reassured her he was well and told her not to worry. She told him that she loved him, and his last words to her were, "Yes mom, I love you more."

Tamez, 21, of Galveston, Texas, was killed by a roadside bomb April 27 in Fallujah. He was assigned to Fort Stewart.

Tamez was an amateur magician who dazzled family and friends with private magic shows. He was especially adroit with cards, handling them with blinding speed.

He excelled at pool, impressing onlookers with trick shots. His knack for dancing led him to join a group that performed Hispanic folk dances in high school.

While in high school, Tamez set his sights on a career in the military and spent four years in JROTC. His family tried to talk him out of enlisting.

"We were trying to protect him, but he said it was what he wanted to do," recalled his brother, Francisco Dunn.

"When I signed the papers for them to take my son, I was crying," Tamez Dunn said. "I told him not to go."

He also is survived by his wife, Keyris.

From the Long Beach Press Telegram

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