He wanted to give the United States what the United States gave to him. He came with nothing. This country gave him everything.
— Jackie Baker, daughter of his surrogate parents
Gutierrez was born in Guatemala City, where he lived on the streets. At age 16 he made his way to the U.S. without legal papers. He is believed to be the second U.S. serviceman to die in combat in Iraq. A month after he was killed, he was awarded citizenship.
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Victoria A. Pinckney, 27, Palmdale
Herman Mackey III, 30, Bakersfield
Trinidad Santiago Jr., 25, San Diego
Richard A. Dickson, 24, Rancho Cordova
Reid K. Nishizuka, 30, Kailua, Hawaii
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