Spc. Miguel Carrasquillo

River Grove, Illinois


River Grove, Illinois


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Miguel Carrasquillo saw a lot of things growing up in a rough neighborhood of Chicago. He turned them into music. "He has books and books of lyrics going back to when he was 13," said his sister, Angela Martinez. "We struggled through childhood and he wrote about it." His rap moniker was Proliphic, a play on the word prolific. "Look up what prolific means," his sister said. "That's what he was to me." Carrasquillo, 25, of River Grove, Ill., died Aug. 9 in Baghdad when a bomb detonated near his vehicle. He was based at Fort Stewart. After his mother died, Carrasquillo took care of his younger sister and brother, always insisting that they go to school, said his sister, a sophomore at Columbia College. "He was our Mom and our Dad," she said. Carrasquillo dropped out of high school in his junior year and later received a GED. Then he made his move. "He decided to join the Army," Martinez said. "He really turned his life around. He wanted to make a living for his family and be a hero to all of us." He planned to marry his girlfriend, 20-year-old Nicole Rosa, next August.

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I take time today to honor Miguel. 11 years after his death. I walked away from the vehicle we were in and only God knows why me instead of Miguel. Every year I remember him in a special way though I have never reached out to his family. I just could not find it in myself to do that. His memory will never die with me. I will hold up a glass tonight and toast Miguel, remember his character, honor his memory.

So I am up right @ 4:24 am now thinking about you. God was so good to me when he gave me you. I stand amazed on how selfless and strong you were. I remember always trying to work so hard at everything just to make you proud. My favorite part was hearing you rejoice at all my accomplishments. Truth is I miss doing life without you....but I know you are rejoicing with the Lord with all my accomplishments. I'm so proud of you very proud of you. It's so in your character to have laid your life...

And I will rejoice in Jerusalem and exult in my people; No more will there be heard in her the sound of weeping or a cry of distress.”(Isa 65:19) Wonderful promise and heartfelt prayers go out for all the families and friends.

I will never forget!! I miss you so much!! Life is still hard without you!! I love you!! FOREVER!!

Let us not forget the price for his sacrifice.

To the family and friends of Spc. Miguel Carrasquillo:
Always remembering Miguel. "Some gave all."

Still loved, honored and respected for the person that he was, as well as a soldier.

To the family and friends of Spc. Miguel Carrasquillo:
Please accept my remembrance of Miguel on the anniversary of his passing and know that he will never be forgotten.