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SPC. ABAD, SERGIO S., 21 yrs., of Miami, FL was killed in action during a deadly attack in Afghanistan on Sunday, July 13th. Sergio attended South Miami High School and was serving his country for the last 2 1/2 years in the United States Army assigned to the 173 Airborne as a Ranger. Sergio was a beloved son, father-to-be, fiancée, brother, friend and most of all soldier. His unborn daughter, to be named Lorelai Rocio Abad, survives him. Sergio is also survived by his two loving families: Mom, Lori Pitts; Dad, Paul Pitts; sisters Krystine and Katheryn and brothers Zachery and Leo. His other Mom, Marilyn Popko; Dad, Steve Popko; and sister Catherine. His mentor and hero CSM O.R. Hoggard also survives him. Sergio was to be married next month to his loving fiancée, Christina Parra. Sergio has specifically requested no funeral service, however did request a "Celebration" of his life. For details the families can be contacted via e- mail at: sergiosfamilies@yahoo.com. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to a trust fund for his unborn daughter at The First National Bank of South Miami, attention Rene Aldonza. To visit this Guest Book Online, go to www.MiamiHerald.com/obituaries.

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Published in the Miami Herald on Jul. 26, 2008.
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September 13, 2019
I think of you often, and I try to honor you by sharing your story as often as I can. I do my best to try and make sure your life and story is heard whenever I get notice of a public speaking about it. I hope I do you proud. Mostly... I think of HOW our friendship began. It always makes me laugh. I miss you, and Im proud and honored to have known you. I take joy in the man you became before you were taken from this Earth. Lastly, I take comfort in knowing that you did not die in vain. You died with honor.

RIP Sergio.
Gone, but never forgotten.

Love,
Boom AKA Shorty
Sharen Blackett
Family
September 12, 2019
What a moving story tonight on CBS news remembering our brave soldiers and their family on 9/11
And the Gold Star families ,
Steve
May 28, 2017
Its the dawn of the day I think about you most and rereading these entries word for word is less of a bittsweet ritual and more of a celebration of the Legacy you left behind by touching the hearts and lives of so many.

Rest easy and know everything is everything.
A Parra
August 25, 2016
Hello,
We would like to express our deepest condolences and also let the Abad Family know that we just made a small donation to the Landstuhl Hospital Care Project in honor of Sergio S. Abad US Army Specialist. We recognize that this is a humble tribute, but we wanted you to know that it is heartfelt and made possible by thousands of like-minded individuals in the youth hockey community and beyond. We will not forget. May God Bless you and keep you strong.
Sincerely,
Charlie Gili & Family
On Behalf of the US Hockey Players Support Our Troops Campaign
Charlie Gili
April 29, 2015
We still think about you and talk about you frequently. We still have that giant picture of you on the Dining room wall. So I talk TO you frequently as well. I comforted myself with your being in an emotionally and physically pain-free space. Now I find myself wondering what you MIGHT have done had you stayed in this world. I wonder how many kids would be getting Black Belts instead of getting in trouble because of you. You were so incredibly gifted with those little ones.....as well as with your peers. Motivating. Energizing. You were life-enhancing. You were an amazing kid and man.

I miss you.

Momma Bear
Marilyn Klock Popko
October 9, 2014
I remember him in class, always joking with me, twisted humor but he was a good friend of mine,I miss my Homie i was just thinking of him ... on the past and the things we would talk about in class also helping him with math of course lol but i jus remember him SIP
Michael Stephens
May 26, 2014
Remembering you today and always ?
Rita
January 25, 2014
I really Miss those days where we would wait for out school
Bus at the university station.
Jerry E. Bazile
Jerry Bazile
December 27, 2013
<3
Rita
December 26, 2013
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
irene rev.21:4
October 17, 2013
AJ
July 14, 2013
To the family and friends of Pfc. Sergio S. Abad:
It has truly been my honor to sign Sergio's guest book these past few years. Unfortunately, due to complications from my Multiple Sclerosis, this may be the last message I'm able to write. Please forgive me and know that Sergio will always be remembered in my home.
With love and respect ~ Peggy
Peggy Childers
March 26, 2013
Miss you a lot! We always talk at the university station, about life and what who we would become. I'll never forget you.
Jerry Bazile
November 18, 2012
July 13, 2012
To the family and friends of Pfc. Sergio S. Abad:
Always remembering Sergio. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
July 19, 2012
With our deepest condolences.


John 11: 1-44
Mary Kanada
July 13, 2012
My Baby Boy...
It's been 4 years today...and yet...not a second of each and every day goes by that you are not in my thoughts!! They say time heals all wounds...not the gaping hole left by the loss of a child...the loss of you.
You were our missing piece...you made our family complete...and when you left...when you were taken from us...we have been out of sync every since...we miss you so much words simply cannot express our loss.
The piece of my heart you took with you was so significant that my heart still does not beat right.
I still see you and hear you everyday
in my heart.
I miss you so much My Baby Boy...
Love you Forever...
Your Momma
Lori Pitts
June 18, 2012
David White
June 16, 2012
Remember
Feightner n Arm Familys
May 23, 2012
The Jonathon, Kristofer and I miss you Serg.
Vickie Astorga
May 22, 2012
Sgt. David O'Steen
February 17, 2012
I have been thinking about you a lot lately , I know you're in a better place but I can't help but continue to think that somehow you should be here, that it all never happened, that you haven't been gone for all these years that this has all been a very long episode of candid camera and somewhere down the road someone will pull a curtain and there you'll be laughing , thinking you got us good. I know this isn't true , I know that in an earthly way we have lost you. Know that you are loved and in no way forgotten, you walk every footstep in my heart and those moments where my steps and my heart simultaneously skip a beat I know you were there, to keep me going. Love you
"YeYe"
January 1, 2012
Still not forgotten. "For those who suffer still will be blessed (3 Peter 1). Thinking of this soldier and his family. Take Care.
RD
November 27, 2011
just watched the outpost restrepo documentary on national geographic and realized they were talking about the incident that involved abads company. i still think Of him quite a bit. kid had some sick karate moves.... nothing but love sergio.
jason rich
August 30, 2011
Dear Abad Family,
Thank you for your sacrifice for American Freedoms. I pray Gods comfort for each of you. God Bless America!
Julio Rodriguez
August 28, 2011
To the family of PFC. Sergio S. Abad please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. I am sure it must seem like yesterday when you lost this wonderful young man. My prayers are with you.
Connie Greenlee
July 13, 2011
To the family and friends of Pfc. Sergio S. Abad:
Please accept my remembrance of Sergio on the anniversary of his passing and know that he will never be forgotten.
Peggy Childers
July 13, 2011
Thinking of you today - as I do everyday. People think that I am crazy when I do as I start to laugh now and not cry as much. I start to remember what joy you brought to our lives - how funny you were - how you could make us laugh - the gentleman you were - the kind heart... You are so missed Sergio - Your in my heart forever -
Momma Lisa
June 12, 2011
Shirley villines Toombs So very sorry you will always be in my prayers
June 11, 2011
although i never had a chance to actually serve next to abad,me and abad were in the same platoon during basic. words cannot express how big of a heart this man had. I just found out myself and i cannot begin to express how deeply saddened i am. abad was a great inspiration for all of us during basic. he never wore a frown and was one of the most motivated soldiers i have met. it's hard to believe he is gone from this world bit i know he is up there smiling down on us everyday. rip sergio. you will truly be missed by all.
jason rich
June 8, 2011
the next anniversary is creeping closer and closer and i cant help but feel like not only did you miss out on the rest of your life but everyone else is missing out on you... i know your above watching us watching your daughter grow and im sure your proud but somehow i still miss you and its hard to swallow that your not coming back
June 7, 2011
Thank you fro your sevice. With great love and respect to your family.
Marion Hall
June 2, 2011
Missing and remembering you always.
Rita
May 30, 2011
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
karen welch
May 30, 2011
I miss you and I wish you were here. I am so sorry
May 29, 2011
I am so sorry for your loss.PFC.SREGIO S.ABAD will be remembered, MEMORIAL DAY and every day. GOD BLESS
L Greene
May 29, 2011
MY HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY OF PFC SERGIO S. ABAD. MAY YOU CONTINUE TO RIP PFC ABAD......YOUR IN HEAVEN WITH MY OWN SON....PFC GIFFORD E. HURT 10/10/90-1/20/10. YOU WIL FOREVER BE BROTHERS IN ARMS & REMEMBERED ALWAYS.......
LISA MOM OF FALLEN HERO PFC GIFFORD E. HURT
May 19, 2011
Your legacy will forever live on in the hearts of those who knew you and shared in your struggle to protect our country and the ultimate sacrifice you gave so that we can be grateful for what we have. Your family, friends, loved ones and fellow soldiers will stay in my thoughts and prayers.
A Proud Military Mom.
Nancy
May 9, 2011
I miss and have been thinking a lot about you
unknown unknown
April 8, 2011
I did not know Sergio, however I have seen some home movies of him and his awesome presence in them touched me very deeply, and because of those movies, I feel like I DID know him and a very special place in my heart is reserved for him. RIP Segio Abad. The world is a sadder place without you.
Shannon Staley
March 30, 2011
Condolences to the family, may the peace of God be with you.
Rosemarie,
Rahway NJ
R J
January 14, 2011
Your legacy will forever live on in the hearts of those who knew you and shared in your struggle to protect our country and the ultimate sacrifice you gave so that we can be grateful for what we have. Your family, friends, loved ones and fellow soldiers will stay in my thoughts and prayers.
A Proud Military Mom.
Elizabeth Raab
July 14, 2010
Yesterday was a sad day, but a happy one as well. It was a stream of mixed emotions. I know you know how much you are missed by all the loved ones you left behind. Every time I started feeling blue, all I had to do was look at the picture of you in your uniform, and you brought a smile to my face. Even while you're not here physically, you're always shining down on us and bringing warmth into our hearts. Thank You Always for that and so much more.
Rita Herrera
July 14, 2010
How could we not feel compelled to pay respects to men of valor like your son who has fought for the same values we share although living half a world away.
Condolences.
L DEBROKEUW
July 13, 2010
To the family and friends of Pfc. Sergio S. Abad:
Remembering Sergio on the anniversary of his passing. May our fallen heroes never be forgotten!
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org
Peggy Childers
July 13, 2010
I miss you...My Baby Boy!!!
What is there to say, two years. Words will never describe the ache I feel over you being gone. Every second of every day you are in my thoughts. The hole you've left in my heart, when you took the piece that belongs to you, will never heal.
I cried yesterday morning, not over the fact that today was coming, but over the fact that the last time I was truly happy, truly content and truly blessed was Saturday, July 12th, 2008. I was so excited you were coming home the next day. It was the weirdest thing...there was just this stupid sad song and that set me off, then the next song that came on...I knew...you had something to do with it...it was like you were telling me to suck it up and stop crying!!
I know, people say your loss made you an American Hero, thing is...you were ALWAYS MY HERO...that angry scrawny kid, to have over come so much in your life and still be so concerned with making people laugh, helping people, being the greatest son a mother could ask for...I have always been and will always be so incredibly PROUD of you...and am so honored and blessed you chose me to be your Momma. Thank you for being in my life, even if just for a short time.
Always know, Momma loves you EVERYDAY...I miss you so much "MY BABY BOY"
Forever your MOMMA
Sergio's Momma Pitts
July 12, 2010
It's been two years today since you left this cruel world. Thank you Sergio for fighting for me and my family. Your acts of bravery were not in vein. You left too soon from this earth, but I know you're in a much better place watching over the other men and women who continue to fight this war.

Thank you for your unselfish acts of bravery. R.I.P. Brave Soldier!!!

Love you forever,

Momma Wanda
Wanda Torres
July 3, 2010
A true American hero.God bless Sergio and his family
Gary
June 28, 2010
I have just read Sebastian Junger's 'War' and read of Sergio in Afghanistan. What a deeply moving account of his time there - I was greatly saddened by his death. A brave young man, taken far far too soon - My love from New Zealand, to his family - Bruce
Bruce McFarlane
June 9, 2010
WOW! I can't believe that's it's been almost two years since you been gone....I think about you all the time and wonder about all the what if's...but I thank God for have giving me such a brave, smart, and courageous nephew! Thank you for giving your life to what you believed in, for our country. You passed away on my birthday, and now I celebrate your life on that day as well, even though it will never be the same. I just wish God would've given us more time with you, but I know that one day we will meet in heaven. Say hello to your grandpa for me, I know you 2 are up there shining down on us and being silly...May you rest in peace bud...Your Tia....
Rita Herrera
May 25, 2010
Abad Family.... I am very proud to wear a war memorial bracelet with Sergio's name on it. I never met him, but I know I can feel his strength with me. I just wanted you to know that he is not forgotten and I treasure the honer of remembering his service and sacrifice every day.

J.T.
John Titchenal
December 7, 2009
hey Serg. so i was thinking about you today. im pretty sure you're up there causing some trouble but making everyone laugh. I know your watching over us and for that i wanna thank you, along with everything you have ever done... i miss you

God Bless
Shorty
November 23, 2009
My condolonces to the family. Our family will keep you in our prayers. Although I never met Sergio, I'm forever thankful for his sacrifice. My children are safer because of him and the countless brothers and sisters that through time have answered the call of duty.
I pray your hearts are constantly filled with the warmth of his memory and not with the sorrow of his absence.
RUBEN ARIAS
November 11, 2009
To My Baby Boy...
I know...today is Veterans Day, a day, where citizens of these United States, give special notice and thanks to every soldiers who has provided us with the freedom so many take for granted. As in the past 16 months...there is not a day that goes by...not a minute...that you are not in my thoughts. To simply say "thank you" for your courageous and brave contribution to our freedom...it seems to little. Know that since you've been gone, my heart has not beat the same...you took so much of it with you...YOUR piece of my heart...the part that belonged to you. I miss you so very much...there are no words that can express the depth of my sorrow.
I love you, "My Baby Boy"
Forever,
Your Momma
Lori Pitts
November 11, 2009
Sergio,

You are truley missed. On this Veterans Day, I would like to thank you and the other soldiers who made the choice to serve your country for our freedom. You fought unselfishly on July 13, 2008. Your heroic deeds will forever remain in my heart. This country has lost a great soldier. You are forever "My American Hero."

Love,

Momma Wanda
Wanda Torres
November 10, 2009
A sacrifice so great. PFC Sergio paid with his life. There are no words to describe the pain you must feel. But take comfort in the words found at Eccl 9:5.
N Brown
October 3, 2009
retired us army dav ed hinojosa never met ya kid i feel your families pain, my cousins kid , nephew johnny perales,kia ied, casualty feb 2006,iraq medica sgt perales 4 inf ft hood texas 25 from premont texas , thank nyour family for your service i,m acombat vet of the vietnam war
September 23, 2009
My prayers and thoughts are always on sergio I never met him but he was a true solider God bless America AND ALL OF OUR SOLIDERS.
rolando martin
September 21, 2009
I just found out about Sergio. It is a very, very sad day for me and my son, Jonathon. Sergio stayed with our family for a short time. He brought many smiles and lots of laughter. I cared for Sergio like one of my own. .
Sergio, you will be sorely missed but always Loved. Jonathon is going to get a tattoo memorializing you.

I love you and miss you,

Vickie Astorga and Jonathon and Kris
Vickie Astorga
September 12, 2009
To the family of Pfc. Sergio S. Abad:
Sergio gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org
Peggy Childers
September 12, 2009
this is my first time coming accross this site.. i will share with all i know.... i am in tears reading coments about this young man.. my sincere condolences... a life lost too soon :(
arely gonzalez
September 4, 2009
Hey Sergio this is POP. It has been over a year since the Lord called you home, I know that this was painful for me. But the Lord knew what was best for you. I am sometimes happy and at other times I am a little sad. When I start to feel a little sad I think about the fun times that we shared.It is never easy on the people that are left behind, The only thing that they have is the great memories of you.I know that you are still doing your crazy antic with the GOOD Lord. I know that he is always smiling at you.The Good Lord was kind to us and I thank him every day for allowing you to come into mylife. I am a better person because of you. I am kinder and more thoughful because of you.I have been blessed beyond my years. I know that I cannot bring you back but I can live my life a little bit better out of respect to you.
Sergio thanks for all of the great stories and the fun of watching you grow up to be a fantastic young man.

YOU WILL ALWAYS BE IN MY HEART

LOVE
POP
O Hoggard
August 19, 2009
A true hero
"lest we forget"
from
Michael
Australia
michael norman
July 25, 2009
Are prayers are with the Family at this very sad time.God promise that he will wipe out every tear from our eyes,and death will be no more,neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore.The former things have passed away.
Lynn
July 13, 2009
Tis a year since you left us. The pain, as you know, hasn't. I can't express how I feel in any words, song, or even a sonnet. The thought of you still brings tears to my eyes, as if I had only found out yesterday. I made a memorial to you today, don't know how well you think it came out; but I still think you deserve more. No amount of praying, missing, or even crying will bring you back my brother. Please allow me to believe that you're happy, and that I really am doing everything I can for even my children know who you are, and love you. For that, I am grateful. I love you man. I miss you. Just wanted to say that I wish you were here.

Gone,
Not a damnn chance to be forgotten.
Can't wait to see ya,
Manny
Manuel Contreras
July 8, 2009
I had the woderful honor of going to the same school as Sergio Abad. I will miss my friend deeply and know that he is in heaven with the other angels.

In my memory forever
Kristina
May 25, 2009
Dear Sergio, I know you are in heaven and I thank GOd that I had the privilege of being in your life. Thank you for giving all! You will never be forgotten!
Love, Evelyn
May 25, 2009
Thank you PFC. SERGIO S. ABAD, today is memorial day and you gave ALL! Dragonfly Hugs!
May 15, 2009
Sorry to here about your loss. My Heart goes out to the family and friends.
I was PFC ABAD`s Senior Drill Sergeant.
SFC Jackson 2/19 IN
Michael Jackson
February 23, 2009
Dear Lori, I have been trying to get in contact with you. I am Debora Yashinski and I am the 173d Airborne Brigade Assn Gold Star Chairperson. You can find my info at www.skysoldier.org Go to "officers" My love to you and the family Mommaski
Debora Yashinski
February 20, 2009
My brother-in-law, Sgt. Israel Garcia, was killed on July 13, 2008 with Sergio Abad. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Thank you Tia Sol for signing Israel's guestbook..

Rest in peace, Sergio Abad
Gone but never forgotten
Hilda R.
January 20, 2009
God Bless your new baby daughter, amen!
January 20, 2009
Richard H. Herrick
December 30, 2008
Hey My Baby Boy...
Well...Momma and Dad did everything we could make sure the “Love Of Your Life”, Mita, had a safe and happy as possible pregnancy and to bring your "baby girl" into the world. And on Monday, December 22nd, 2008...at 5:12 pm...LORI-LAI ABAD, YOUR beautiful baby girl...our beautiful angel of a granddaughter entered the world...at 7 lbs, 2 ozs and a lengthy 20 1/2 inches long!! Our world and the cloud above us over your loss has some how been lifted…even if just a little. Always know “My Baby Boy” that we will shower her with love, guide her and protect her here on earth…as I know you will be doing from above. She will grow to know and love her father, honor your memory…she will always know…and she will never forget how much you loved her and how much you loved her mother. I love you My Baby Boy and miss you everyday…Your Momma and Dad
Sergio's Momma Lori Pitts
December 20, 2008
Thank you! Thank you for giving ALL! God Bless you!
Julie Scott
December 20, 2008
SERGIO THANK YOU FOR ALL THOSE MEMORIES AFTER SCHOOL AND ALL THOSE GREAT DANCE MOVES. YOU WERE THE ONE WHO WOULD PUT A SMILE ON MY FACE EVERYTIME YOU SAW ME STRESSED OUT DURING ALL THOSE ROTC ACTIVITIES. YOU WERE ALSO ONE OF THE FEW GENTELMAN WHO WOULD OPEN THE DOOR FOR ME AND WOULD GIVE ME A HUG JUST BECAUSE. I WILL ALWAYS KEEP YOU IN MY HEART. AND I PROMISE TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR BABY GIRL IN EACH AND EVERY WAY. I MISS YOU.
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December 18, 2008
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Kenna Larra
October 10, 2008
Dear Brave Pfc. Sergio S. Abad,

To man an outpost as you did away from support and so close to the enemy, shows courage few of us possess. Please take heart in knowing that there are many of us who recognize your sacrafice for the selfless act that it was. We are saddened by your loss and we as a nation are so much less as a people without you with us. But your spirit lives on in your adoring friends, family and fellow citizens. Please look down on us kindly. Soon you will be reunited with your loved ones who keep your memory alive. Sleep well soldier for you have earned your rest. God holds you close to His heart.
James M. Koster
September 24, 2008
Rest in Peace Sergio. You always gave 100 percent at work in the Blacksheep Mortar Platoon. You did your job well and always pushed yourself to improve on a daily basis. You will never be forgotten Skysoldier!

To your family, our Platooon offers their condolences and well wishes. If there is anything that I can help you with, dont hesitate to contact me.
SFC Jason Levy
September 23, 2008
Dennis Escobar
September 23, 2008
Thanks for the sinatra lesson in transit on leave.
SPC Flora 173rd Airborne
September 22, 2008
Sergio, you will forever live in our hearts! You were a great great person, and a happy one too. When I think of you, I see you smiling, telling jokes, and laughing at all times. You were a great friend to everyone who knew you. I am sure you are a great dad as well, because I know that from heaven you are watching over your little girl. Love,
Barbara Mimbela
September 22, 2008
Wow where to Start.. well segio got me out a lot of head aches...lol.. he always knew how to cheer up people when they needed it.... i miss you serigo!!!
Nicolette Perez
September 21, 2008
I need to tell my heart to be still, though there are no answers to satisfy me-- none-- with regards to Sergio's untimely passing.

Serg was a huge chunk of heart that the world needs more deposits of. His memory appears intermittently, like when you drive by flashes of light peeking from a canopy of trees, circa dusk. It's the alternation between the thin shadows and soft focus luminescence that remind me of him the most. The pretty glow that grazes my face reminds me of his aura.

I think we once did talk about the colours of our auras, cause that's the kind of cat Serg was with me. That's the transparency and the world he shared with me. I'm sure many will not be surprised to know that he and I connected this way, cause he reeked of sincerity and was down for direct connecting with others.

I'm so mad I won't run into you by chance at a supermarket chat like the last couple of years had never transpired.
Aimee Reyes
September 20, 2008
Hey Sergio

....... Still at a loss for words on what to say.... Thank you for all you gave, You will always be on my mind... Please keep an eye out for Milton and CSM

BUMBLEBAYTUNA! (don't know if i spelled it right, but you know what i mean)

All the memories, the laughs, and the fights will stay with me always...

Your our Hero.
Sicily Licona
September 19, 2008
Sergio:

Wow, Its like one day it was freshman year and the next your gone. I remember the first day we met. My freshmen year talking like there was no tomorrow and all of a sudden you decided to just shut me up and crack my neck. You scared the daylights out of me! However, you were my friend. You took care of us girls in ROTC like there was no tomorrow. I can never forget everything you have done for not only me but for everyone else.
Your one true survivor with everything you had gone thru. You always told me to never quit. No matter what it was in. You have pushed me more than anyone ever could. My mother was devistated when she heard the news. She's not doing well. My brother was too little to remember but he's now in ROTC in south miami and sees your picture everyday. He tells me everyone passes by it and kisses it. He tells me he wants to "be just like sergio, kristy. I want to just as strong." Man I wish I could have seen you one last time. I will never forget our last encounter. It was when I decided to leave and go elsewhere, where i can start over. I had just gotten promoted to SGT First class. You looked at me and you said "dont quit. Let them know just how strong you are. I love you and ill miss you." And i did.

I love you lots and I give my condolenses to mita, and the pitts family.

Love you always.
Kristy
Kristina Garcia
September 19, 2008
sergio i love you man...
we had some great times together and i wish we could have had more.
god bless...
santiago leme
September 19, 2008
hey Sergio.

It deeply saddens me to think for a minute that your no longer with us. I want you to know that we are all touched by you. You were a man of many words and actions. I remember how you would love to come to jrotc and talk about martial arts etc, I knew how much you loved that. It was a passion. Words cannot express how I felt when I found out about your death. I never knew that a man like you would ever be called "home" so early in life. You served your country with pride and you did it well. Pleaselook down on us and give us your blessing and watch over us. I know that your up there somewhere, smiling down at your precious daughter and fiancée. Don't leave her, always be there for her and watch over her, she will need you for support serg. We miss you dearly and you will always be in our hearts. Remember what you died for, because we all do. For us. Our saftey. And our freedom, may you rest in peace and watch over me. We love & miss you sergio abad.

You will never be forgotten, soldier, friend, father to be and husband. We love you!!!! :'-(
dorian aka dory sandigo
September 19, 2008
dorian sandigo
September 18, 2008
To Sergio Abad's precious little angel.
This letter is about a dad. A father who wanted to see the first time you cried, first step you took, the first time you said daddy. A man who wanted more than anything in this world to be there for you and your mother. You should know that he's there in soul and spirit, and watching over you and mommy. Making sure that you have all the love in the universe. For he's a great dad, a loving husband, a good man.
A friend to everyone, a funny and happy soul. The best you can ask for. Memories are forever, treasure and keep them close to your heart.
CMC
September 18, 2008
Hey Sergio;
It was great knowing you. For the time that we spent in high school you became a really close friend. You were the one of the few guys that could put a smile on a persons face. You were a good friend but an even better person. Anything that you could do for someone you did. The world lost a great friend, son, father, husband, and to some friends a brother. But we have now gained a guardian angel. You always looked out for your buddies while you were down here and we know that will not stop. We love you man and you will be missed. Soon we will all meet again.
Jesus Del Rio
September 18, 2008
I meet sergio in science class at South Miami Senior.
I remember Sergio always being in school it was as if he lived there before and after-school since he was so involved in extra-curricular stuff and hanging out with my friend Katie and other JROtc kids, he was friendly with everyone. I only re-call good things about him. He would be your friend at the drop of a hat, but he was quick to defend himself too. he was honest and a loyal friend. I remember he stood up for me when someone was making comments about me being gay.
Overall, he was an awesome person and he was very passionate about his interests.
Like dancing and exercising, I wish he were still around. He gave me some really good tips on exercising. These memories bring me smiles and sadness. He was an awesome person.
Emerio (Joel) Mendez
September 18, 2008
Sergio,

A great friend whom i had the pleasure of knowing and having great laughs with. Your going to be missed greatly. You and I had some good times in the salsa club joking around and you always teaching me new stuff.. Your one hell of a guy. I just wish now that u look over us and protect us from everything. You left behind a legacy may God be with you and this isnt goodbye, ima see you heaven to have a couple more laughs and dance a little salsa. Miss you kid God bless you and your family. Always your friend and you're gonna be missed
With much Love,
Bryan B. Martinez
Bryan Martinez
September 18, 2008
Sergio, Mita, and their baby girl...
It is still so surreal losing you Sergio, and not a day goes by that I don't think of you! I can't help but remember one of the last times that we went out and had a GREAT time, it was at Apples nightclub. When I saw you I literally jumped on you, and trust me I never hug people like that, but man was it amazing to see you. Then seeing you with Mita was just as amazing. Two people that I love very much coming together, it was picture perfect! Then come July I get a phone call from Parraman. The next words that came out of his mouth were horrific. I thought it was a joke, a sick joke, but a joke nonetheless. How could this have happened? Then I tell Adam and he turns to me and holds me while I am crying and he says, "that day at Apples, Sergio took me aside and told me how great you are, and that if I ever hurt you I am in trouble!" I believe it. You were like a big brother who I had many ups and downs with but I would not have changed it for the world. Now I am convinced that Adam is in trouble for real if he hurts me because I am certain you will haunt him forever, plus Mita won't let it slide which is one of the reasons you chose her for your partner in life and crime (those are of course not his intentions lol). I guess all in all I just want to say that I love you, and miss you more than anyone could imagine. By the way, my mom was just as hurt, she misses you so much, we all do. You are one of the most unique and amazing people I have ever met and it is so sad and unjust that your little girl won't meet the great person that you are! But she will hear many stories over and over again, and she will be taken care of, no doubt! I love you Sergio, Mita, and baby girl!!! Missing you like crazy!
~Muki~
Carmen Engracio
September 18, 2008
Sergio,

I will always remember when we were in J.R.O.T.C in the Raider Team you were always happy and making people laugh, but when it came down to competition you were one of our best. You were one of a kind! I will never forget you.

Lorelai when you read this. Please know that your father was a good man, served in the military for all of us to have freedom and that's something we all have to thank him for. Please know that your Daddy will always be there next to you, protecting you and holding your hand through all the hard times. GOD bless you sweety.
Viviana Molina
September 18, 2008
People often remark that I'm pretty lucky. Luck is only important in so far as getting the chance to sell yourself at the right moment. I was lucky enough to have a friend that was there for me every step of the way...no matter what we went through Abad was there by my side not only as a friend but as a companion...I will miss him every living day....
Scott Stenoski
September 18, 2008
For Lorelai, who I'm sure will be reading this someday:

Dear Lorelai,

I met your father not too far from graduation in high school. Better late than never, indeed. I'm glad I had the chance to meet such a vibrant and truly strong individual. When I say truly strong, I mean strong in ways that most are not when faced with adverisity.And as the proverb goes, "The flower that blooms in adversity, is the most beautiful of all." He had a way of always coming off as a care-free and happy individual because the fact of the matter is that no matter what life threw at him, he made the best of every situation...and had an uncanning ability to make light of it all. On that note, I must tell you that your father was quite light on the feet too. You are going to read from most people's entries in this book that he was a great soldier, which he was; a great son, which he was; a great friend, which he certainly was too...but I want to tell you what I knew him best as...I knew him best as a great dancer. Your father could dance salsa like no other man I've met. In fact, that's how I met him. I had the pleasure of performing with him once, and I'm glad I did because, in the process, I not only learned a lot from him and improved my own dance technique...but by default, I also made one last great and unforgettable friend before leaving South Miami Sr. High. My parents actually got to meet him, as well, during our rehearsals, and like everyone else, they instantly loved the person he was too. I just want you know that Sergio was a force to be reckoned with, which will always be with you even as he's watching you grow from heaven. Your daddy loves you, sweety, and you may not be able to see that love...but if you let yourself, you can feel it...and that, my dear, is what love is all about. He was a hero and now he is your guardian angel.

Sincerely,
Jackie Hernandez

Sergio, R.I.P. old friend...
Jacqueline Hernandez
September 18, 2008
Sergio...man one day goes by and you blink man...you blink and someone close to you is gone. Bro you showed me that dedication to what you believed in was real and I will always respect you for that. You never showed fear, you always lead everyone by example. You were a friend everyone should of had. Crazy and wild but that was just you.But for me, I couldn't not believe my ears when I heard what happened, the immortal Sergio down.It seemed unreal. You will always be in our hearts. The hearts of everyone will remember you and who you were to them. You a unique and great person, and I will miss you. God bless, and watch over us. Hoorrraaahhhh!!!!
Robert Willoughby
September 18, 2008
SERG mann!!! tu me sigues jodiendo por lo que veo! know that we all are missing you and thinking about you daily. you have been one hell of a dude. you died for your country and also you died to make sure we all sleep safe at night. keep watching over us and make sure your right there next to your wife while she brings that beautiful baby into this world. sigue jodiendo y tira tremenda pachanga pa todo! we love you homie!
Yamara Obando
September 18, 2008
In My Pocket

I have memories in my pocket.
They rattle among the change.

My memories of you are treasures I carry wherever I go.

They are stored in bits and pieces, parts of a beautiful whole
They give me comfort when I think I am alone.

Yes, I have memories in my pocket, like so much other stuff I keep there.

But of all the treasures I have, it’s the memories of you that are the most precious.

Gisselle Gonzalez
September 17, 2008
Dearest Sergio,

There is so much I could say to you. I know you most likely already know everything I have to say, however, I feel the best way to get this out would be for me to express myself the way I know how; through writing. I will always remember when we first met in the halls of South Miami; you had a sorcerer Mickey hat on. That was the main thing you and I had in common; our love of Disney. Although you are no longer physically here with our family, I know you are looking down on me from time to time to make sure I keep my butt in line. I will always love you and remember you for what you always have been to me, my friend, my other half, my brother, a soldier, and above all, one of the best damn human beings I have ever had the privelage of knowing. We grew together emotionally, always supporting eachother, and aided one another in finding ourselves. For that, I am so grateful. I love you forever, brother of mine. My Mickey.
Catherine Popko
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