He went over as a boy and died as a man. I could tell. He had grown up. He was more mature, less selfish.
— Laurie Zieske, mother
Zieske died in the spring, two weeks short of his 21st birthday. After his death, his mother came across a videotaped message from him wishing the family a happy Easter.
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Jennifer M. Moreno, 25, San Diego
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Robert E. Thomas Jr., 24, Fontana
Kenneth Clifford Alvarez, 23, Santa Maria
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