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Army Ranger from Central California killed in Afghanistan

October 9, 2011 |  4:34 pm

A U.S. Army Ranger from Central California has been killed in combat in Afghanistan, the Pentagon announced Sunday.

Spec. Ricardo Cerros Jr., 24, of Salinas, was killed Saturday during a firefight in Logar province, southeast of Kabul.  Cerros was a rifleman with 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state.

Cerros enlisted in July 2010 and joined the 75th Ranger Regiment in March. The regiment has been continuously deployed to Afghanistan since the U.S. invasion in 2001.

"Spec. Ricardo Cerros could have been anything he wanted in life," said Col. Mark Odom, the regimental commander. "Yet he decided to become a member of the 75th Ranger Regiment and do our nation's bidding. We were blessed to have him in our ranks."

Survivors include his father and stepmother, Ricardo Cerros Sr. and Deborah Cerros, of Salinas, and his mother, Maqueirte Cuevas of Gary, Ind.

--Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: Army Ranger Ricardo Cerros Jr. Credit: U.S. Army