He was a very happy man.
— Lusin Mathews-Gezalyan, ex-wife
Tello died Dec. 10 of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident in Baghdad, Iraq. Tello was born in Cali, Colombia, and moved to Los Angeles in December 1999. Family members said he had aspirations to go back to college for a degree in aviation mechanics and dreamed of eventually owning his own shop.
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