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Marine from Moreno Valley dies in Afghanistan

Marines Military officials today announced the death of Lance Cpl. Omar G. Roebuck, 23, of Moreno Valley in a non-hostile incident in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Roebuck, who was assigned to the 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C., died Tuesday, according to a Department of Defense news release.

-- Megan Garvey

Since late 2001, The Times has chronicled the lives of military personnel who have died while serving in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Their stories, photos, personal websites and additional material have been collected in the California's War Dead database. Readers are invited to leave memories of their loved ones and colleagues. Here are some recent posts:

Markcaguioa “You[’re] a strong person who did go far in life. It’s just so sad that you had to go man. [I’m] going to miss you. I still remember seeing [you] in the Lodi funeral home. I just could not think when I saw you resting so peacefully that it was the last time that I was going to see you again, but I still have the thought of you in my head. Much love to my brother.”

—John posted Monday on Army Spc. Mark R.C. Caguioa, 21, of Stockton, who died May 24, 2007, at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., of injuries suffered May 4 when a roadside bomb exploded near his vehicle in Baghdad


Cristianvazquez “God bless Cristian and his big dreams of taking care of his family. My condolences to the Vazquez family. I’m from Coalinga, and though I am saddened by his passing, I am inspired by his courage.”

—Heather Brewer posted Monday on Marine Lance Cpl. Cristian Vazquez, 20, of Coalinga, who was killed Aug. 2, 2007, in a gun battle with insurgents in Rawah, Iraq, near the Syrian border


Marcustynes “Well, Marcus or big black or fat back or my best friend from Midlan to Valley we did it all from lil kids. Hmmm to playing VVHS [Valley View High] football together. It was amazin’ to be your honorary pallbearer. Man I wish we had more time together. Hmmm, it was amazin’ to know you and all of your family. I love you & miss you.”

—Lee Worthen posted Dec. 20 on Army Pfc. Marcus A. Tynes, 19, of Moreno Valley, who was one of two paratroopers killed Nov. 22 when a roadside bomb exploded near their convoy vehicle in southwest Afghanistan’s Kandahar province, on the Pakistani border

Rudysalcido "Rudy was my stepson and he is very deeply missed. I didn’t know about this site until I read about it in the paper today. I am grateful to the L.A. Times for having this site and to all who post memories and thank yous. Rudy was a hero to his sisters and brothers and they still have a hard time dealing with his loss. I miss him dearly and can still hear his laughter and his voice. To all who have lost a loved one to this conflict that we face, I feel your pain and pray for your families. It is especially hard around the holidays because it was such a joyous time for our family, and Rudy was the biggest kid and one of the best present givers. We do our best but the loss is always there. Thank you to Sgt. Durkin and his driver for helping in any way that they could. We are sure that you did the best that you could and we know that the Army was where Rudy wanted to be. God bless all who serve.”

 —Kathy Salcido posted Dec. 20 on Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Rudy A. Salcido, 31, of La Puente, who was killed Nov. 9, 2006, when a roadside bomb exploded near his convoy vehicle in Baghdad


 

 
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