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Age:   25
Hometown: Cicero, IL
Date of Death: 2/19/2007
Incident Location: Baghdad, Iraq
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Sgt.
Unit: 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division
Unit's Base: Fort Hood, TX

At one point, Pedro J. Colon was homeless and living in a Chicago shelter, having been kicked out by his parents in New York and carrying all his possessions in plastic garbage bags. Eventually, social workers helped him get housing. "The thing that most stuck out was his positive attitude," said Marcela Porras, an insurance broker and freelance writer. "He decided he wasn't going to be just a statistic." Colon, 25, Cicero, Ill., was killed Feb. 19 when his unit was attacked in Baghdad. He graduated high school in 2001 and was assigned to Fort Hood. "I thought he was amazing," said Mary O'Donnell, an English and history teacher. "He was incredibly hardworking. He had kind of an old soul." Many of his teachers, even his track coach, said they had no idea Colon had been living such a precarious existence. "He would always say 'hi' to all his teammates when he arrived at practice," said Hector Freytas, a former teammate. "He had friends, girlfriends, the whole shebang." "It's a shame he couldn't come back and tell his story to the kids here," said social worker Michelle Murray. "He'd be such a role model."
Source: Associated Press
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