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SHS grad killed in Afghanistan

Soldier who graduated from Seguin in 2004 killed in explosion

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Posted: Thursday, November 14, 2013 5:55 pm

SEGUIN — Richard L. Vazquez gave his all to the United States.

“He loved defending his country and he did it well,” said brother Romario Vazquez. “I could sleep better at night knowing he was protecting us.”

On Wednesday, Romario said Staff Sgt. Richard L. Vazquez of the 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group died doing what he loved. He died of injuries suffered during an IED explosion while deployed in Afghanistan.

Richard, 28, was well-known in Seguin as a member of the Matador football team and a 2004 graduate of Seguin High School. Though the family has moved to Louisiana, Romario said he’s been deeply moved by the outpouring of support from Seguin.

“I”m so, so thankful for everyone in Texas reaching out to us, even though we’re so far away,” he said. “I’m honored that my brother was well-known back home and that the friends he made there are willing to show that kind of support and love.”

Sister Christine Vazquez said she was proud of her brother in a statement to media. She said Richard, who was a resident of Mansfield, La. at the time of his death, loved and lived every moment of his short life.

“Richard has never met a stranger and is greatly loved by all that knew him,” she said.

Christine, like Romario, said that the family has been overwhelmed by support.

“I log on Facebook and I am met with literally 100-plus notifications, dozens of friend requests, and profile pictures changed to flags at half-staff,” she said. “I feel truly blessed to know he has been loved by so many people honoring him and praying on our behalf. I know the only way I am getting through heartbreak is because of prayers.”

Richard leaves behind parents, Teresa Paddie and Ted Vazquez, and siblings Romario, Celza, Christine and Isabel Vazquez.

While funeral arrangements are still pending, Romario said Richard had said he wanted to be buried near their mother, in Louisiana.

Romario said the family moved often, and came to Seguin in about 2000. But his brother was able to quickly make friends.

“A lot of people knew him from football, but he was just a loving person,” Romario said. “He was kind to everybody.”

After graduation, Richard decided to forego college and went straight into the military. The family said Richard was on his third deployment at the time of his death. As a member of the Green Berets, he was also called up for several special missions. But he never complained.

“Even when he wasn’t deployed he was climbing mountains, going to Colombia, doing sniper training — constantly training,” Romario said. “He felt like when you dedicate your life to something, you give it your all.”

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6 comments:

  • Triplet granny posted at 2:08 pm on Sat, Nov 16, 2013.

    Triplet granny Posts: 1

    My prayers and sympathy are continuing to your family. I know some of the doctors that were there to help Richard at the hospital. He has been on my mind before I even knew who he was . May God give you peace and healing as you remember this wonderful young man.

     
  • Don and Rose posted at 7:29 am on Sat, Nov 16, 2013.

    Don and Rose Posts: 812

    My deepest sympathy to the Vazquez family...though I know words cannot ease your sorrow.

     
  • SonicBoom posted at 9:14 am on Fri, Nov 15, 2013.

    SonicBoom Posts: 22


    Thank you for your service. Because of you and many others, we are free. RIP!

     
  • Jhuerta087 posted at 10:00 pm on Thu, Nov 14, 2013.

    Jhuerta087 Posts: 1

    So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide.

    Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger, when in a lonely place. Show respect to all people and grovel to none.

    When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself. Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision.

    When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.

    ~ Chief Tecumseh

     
  • warpig53g posted at 9:28 pm on Thu, Nov 14, 2013.

    warpig53g Posts: 1

    Ne Desit Virtus. "Till We Form Again". Rakkasan.

     
  • carguy posted at 7:15 pm on Thu, Nov 14, 2013.

    carguy Posts: 244

    Fighting soldiers from the sky
    fearless men who jump and die
    men who mean just what they say
    the brave men of the Green Beret
    "Silver wings upon their chest
    these are men Americas best
    one hundred men will test today but
    only three win the Green Beret
    trained to live off natures land
    trained in combat hand to hand
    men who fight by night and day
    courage take from the Green Beret
    Silver wings upon their chest
    these are men Americas best
    one hundred men will test today
    but only three win the Green Beret"

     

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