Friday, September 24, 2010

Army Spc. John J. Carrillo Jr.

Remember Our Heroes

Army Spc. John Carrillo Jr., 20, of Stockton, Calif.

Spc Carrillo was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga. He died Sept. 24, 2010in Fallujah, Iraq, of injuries sustained Sept. 23 in a non-combat incident.

A U.S. service member is in custody in connection with the shooting deaths of two other service members and the injury of a third in Iraq, the U.S. military said Tuesday. Spc. Neftaly Platero is in pre-trial confinement, the United States Forces -Iraq said. Platero is suspected in the deaths of Spc. John Carrillo Jr., 20, of Stockton, California, and Pfc. Gebrah P. Noonan, 26, of Watertown, Connecticut, the U.S. military said.

Desiree Carillo is the mother of one of the victim's, Spc. John Carrillo Jr., 20, of Stockton. Carrillo died Friday of injuries suffered a day earlier in Fallujah, Iraq, the U.S. Department of Defense announced on Monday. Carrillo said the military only told them of her son's death at 1 a.m. Friday and did not tell them he was possibly killed by another soldier. Family members told KCRA they learned of the details surrounding his death on Monday.

"It was very devastating to find out he was shot by a fellow soldier. (It) is unbelievable. The military should be embarrassed," said Desiree Carrillo.

“Our condolences go out to the families of those service members whose lives were lost. We are saddened by this tragic incident,” said Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan.

"He was smart. He was funny. He was a good son and a good father," Desiree Carrillo said. "He joined the Army to better his family. He was a young father and he wanted to support his kids."

Family members tell KCRA that this was Carrillo's first deployment and he was last home in late June before deploying to Iraq.

Carrillo had two sons, a 3-year-old and a 3-month-old, with his wife Reylene Carrillo.

Army Spc. John J. Carrillo Jr. died 9/24/10 from a non-combat incident that occurred 9/23/10.

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