L.A. NOW

Southern California -- this just in

« Previous Post | L.A. NOW Home | Next Post »

Army Ranger from Central California killed in Afghanistan

Cerros  
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

 
Comments () | Archives (0)

Connect

Recommended on Facebook


Advertisement

In Case You Missed It...

Video

About L.A. Now
L.A. Now is the Los Angeles Times’ breaking news section for Southern California. It is produced by more than 80 reporters and editors in The Times’ Metro section, reporting from the paper’s downtown Los Angeles headquarters as well as bureaus in Costa Mesa, Long Beach, San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, Riverside, Ventura and West Los Angeles.
Have a story tip for L.A. Now?
Please send to newstips@latimes.com
Can I call someone with news?
Yes. The city desk number is (213) 237-7847.

Categories




Get Alerts on Your Mobile Phone

Sign me up for the following lists: