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Marine From Falls Church Killed In Afghanistan

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (wusa) -- Sergeant Ronald Rodriguez left a legacy of love and honor with Martha Duran as a student at Stuart High School.

"He was so proud to be a Marine," Duran told us. "For him it was an honor to be in the Marine Corp and even better, he was able to do something for his country."

The Bolivian born boy moved to America at the age of two. His father Francisco says, his son grew up playing soccer in the Falls Church area.

Outside his home, a black ribbon and a United States flag embrace his honor.

Ronald earned nearly a dozen medals of honor including the purple heart. He was overseas for the third time when he was killed Monday in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

Duran told us, "I didn't want to accept that."

Duran and Rodriguez kept in touch through the years and recalls the first time he returned after his first deployment to Iraq.

"So when I got this letter, I was so excited so happy to hear from him."

In the letter, Rodriguez wrote to Administrative Assistant Martha Duran, it showed how committed he was to serving the country and how proud he was of being a Marine. 

"I hope people in all the countries realize so many parents here are losing kids and they are doing it so those countries can have the freedom we have here and so many of us take it for granted," Duran told us, "He's gone but will not be forgotten."

The family tells us, burial arrangements at Arlington National cemetary are underway.

Written by Alex Trevino
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