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The name of the Marine mentioned in my last post was released today. Marine Reserve Sgt. Cesar B. Ruiz of San Antonio, TX. He is survived by his wife and 14 month old son.

“Maria Ruiz was celebrating her birthday on Halloween when she learned her son had been killed that same day by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.

“‘It doesn’t matter which day they told you that your son died,’” Ruiz’s daughter, Maricela Chapa, remembered her mother saying. “‘It matters that your son died.’”

At dusk Tuesday, 20 or so family members remembered Marine Reserve Sgt. Cesar B. Ruiz, a 2000 Taft High School graduate who died Saturday in Helmand province, Afghanistan’s most violent area.

He was 26.”

Full story here.