Ramon Romero, 19
I had told him, 'Mijo, don't trust everyone. Look at their eyes; it'll tell you what they're thinking. If they hate you, their eyes will tell you. You'll feel it.'
— Maria Romero, mother
When his mother worried about his joining the Marines he told her: 'Mom, if everyone thought like you, this country wouldn't be free. We need people to defend the country.' He planned to become a police officer after leaving the military, in part because his family home in Watts was burglarized several times.