He didn't go there to fight, he went there to heal. He was just very intelligent, he was my role model.
— Salvador Padilla, cousin
Padilla Aleman was born in Guadalajara and grew up in Boyle Heights and South Gate. In high school he was an exceptional student, even though he never seemed to study that much. He was trained as a combat medic.
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