Family was important to Terry Ordonez.
He looked after his siblings when his parents split up. He even enlisted to help support his mother.
"He died too young," Guadalupe Ordonez said.
Ordonez, 20, of Broward County, Fla., was killed July 10 in a car accident in Iraq. He was stationed at Camp Pendleton, Calif.
The Ordonez family moved from Nicaragua to the United States about eight years ago and lived in New Jersey before settling in Florida.
At first Ordonez worked for a cruise line, but when he was laid off he looked to the military for its economic benefits, said Genoveva Ordonez, his aunt. He joined the Marines in 2002 and arrived in Iraq on June 15.
Ordonez had also attended Broward Community College for about a year and a half, and wanted to be an electrical engineer. He planned to return to school when he got out of the service, his family said.