He sticks out in my mind. ... His is one of those stories that I tell other kids when they may be facing some adversity in their life.
— Bobby West, high school principal in Honolulu Advertiser
Ochoa was killed October 10 in Farah province, Afghanistan, when he stepped on an improvised explosive device. He married his wife, Angie, just weeks before he left for Afghanistan.
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