imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List




IMC Network:

Original Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

Local Soldier Killed in Iraq

by DJ Thursday, Aug. 26, 2004 at 7:31 PM

Cpl. Nicanor Alvarez, 22, was one of four Marines from Camp Pendleton who died Saturday during fighting in Al Anbar Province, Iraq.

Local Soldier Killed...
nicanor_alvarez.jpg, image/jpeg, 300x329

Going on alone



Sandra Alvarez had hoped to start a family with her husband, who was killed in Iraq



01:27 AM PDT on Wednesday, August 25, 2004



By ELENA ARNOLD / The Press-Enterprise

A platinum band with a dazzling diamond encircles Sandra Alvarez's left ring finger.

It's a ring she would rather not be wearing. Not yet, not like this.

Last November, the 21-year-old and her new husband, Marine Cpl. Nicanor Alvarez, chose rings for each other. They vowed to keep their selections a secret from each other and the marriage a secret from family and friends until the 22-year-old Marine returned from his second deployment to Iraq.

On Sunday, a day after two Marines with solemn expressions knocked on her door, Sandra Alvarez retrieved the two boxes and slipped her wedding band onto her hand.

Cpl. Alvarez was one of four Marines from Camp Pendleton who died Saturday during fighting in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. Alvarez was assigned to the 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division.

The Pacific High School graduate leaves behind a grieving family who will miss his laughter, his easygoing attitude and his humor.

Practical Joker

"He was always full of surprises," said his sister-in-law Lorena Gonzalez. "He was very special, very unique."

Last August, Alvarez had his soon-to-be wife gathered his family at his brother's Colton home. Sandra stuck a videotape in the VCR and everyone listened as Avalrez explained that he wouldn't be coming home for at least another year.

"My sisters were crying," recalled his brother, Ismael Gonzalez.

At the end of the tape, Alvarez admitted that he was actually outside, hiding in the trunk of his car.

"The only thing anybody heard was, 'I'm here and I'm outside,' " said 14-year-old Ismael Gonzalez, Jr., Alvarez's nephew. "Everybody just jumped up and ran screaming outside."

'He Became My Best Friend'

Sandra Alvarez said she met her future husband four years ago at an eatery where they both worked.

Shortly after high school he enlisted in the Marines as a way to earn money for college and she reluctantly accepted his decision. Their relationship grew during his first deployment.

"We wrote every day," she said. "He became my best friend."

When Alvarez returned from Iraq in August 2003, he asked her to marry him.

"He was the man that I always wanted. He never drank, he never smoked and I was the same way. He was my right hand," said Sandra Alvarez. "He was so ambitious, so outgoing, so goodhearted."

Sitting on the couch surrounded by family and friends, her voice became husky as she remembered the man who helped her buy her first car, taught her how to do doughnuts in the Inland Center mall parking lot in his 1988 Ford Mustang and gave her roses the first time he told her he loved her.

"I still have those roses," she said.

Not Supposed to Happen

The day that he was killed, the couple talked about their future.

"We talked about starting a family," she said. "We talked about the chances of us having twins and he said if we had a girl, he wanted to name her Caitlin," she said.

The reality of his death has yet to fully sink in.

"I don't think it will until I officially see that it's him," she said, adding that she has not heard when her husband's body will arrive in San Bernardino. Services have not been scheduled.

Her husband's family remains similarly shocked by the news.

"She was never supposed to see those Marines coming to her door," said Lorena Gonzalez. "We never thought this would happen. We always thought he'd come back and tell us the stories, tell us what he'd seen."

While she struggles to come to terms with her loss, Sandra Alvarez said she will try to remember what her husband told her when they once talked about the possibility that he might be killed.

"He wanted me to finish school," said Alvarez, who is in her third year of a psychology major at Crafton Hills College. "He told me to, 'Just continue.' "

Report this post as:

Sandra Alvarez

by DJ Thursday, Aug. 26, 2004 at 7:31 PM

Sandra Alvarez...
sandra_alvarez.jpg, image/jpeg, 300x181

Sandra Alvarez, 21, of Highland embraces a photographer of her husband U.S. Marine Cpl. Nicanor Alvarez, 22, who was killed in Iraq over the weekend. In the background, Nicanor's brother Ismael Gonzalez Sr., 30, sits in shock.

Mark Zaleski / The Press-Enterprise

Report this post as:

LATEST COMMENTS ABOUT THIS ARTICLE
Listed below are the 10 latest comments of 2 posted about this article.
These comments are anonymously submitted by the website visitors.
TITLE AUTHOR DATE
Another Article from AP DJ Thursday, Aug. 26, 2004 at 7:40 PM
First Love Loving Wife Sandra Alvarez Tuesday, Sep. 07, 2004 at 7:33 PM

Local News

GUIDE TO REBEL CITY LOS ANGELES AVAILABLE A12 5:39PM

lausd whistle blower A10 11:58PM

Website Upgrade A10 3:02AM

Help KCET and UCLA identify 60s-70s Chicano images A04 1:02PM

UCLA Luskin: Casting Youth Justice in a Different Light A02 11:58AM

Change Links April 2018 A01 11:27AM

Nuclear Shutdown News March 2018 M31 6:57PM

Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018! M29 7:00PM

Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018! M29 6:38PM

Spring 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! M19 2:02PM

Anti-Eviction Mapping Project Shows Shocking Eviction Trends in L.A. M16 5:40PM

Steve Mnuchin video at UCLA released M15 12:34AM

Actress and Philanthropist Tanna Frederick Hosts Project Save Our Surf Beach Clean Ups M06 12:10PM

After Being Told He's 'Full of Sh*t' at School Event, Mnuchin Demands UCLA Suppress Video M02 11:44AM

Resolution of the Rent Strike in Boyle Heights M01 6:28PM

What Big Brother Knows About You and What You Can Do About It M01 3:30PM

Step Up As LAPD Chief Charlie Beck Steps Down F14 2:44PM

Our House Grief Support Center Hosts 9th Annual Run For Hope, April 29 F13 12:51PM

Don’t let this LA County Probation Department overhaul proposal sit on the shelf F13 11:04AM

Echo Park Residents Sue LA Over Controversial Development F12 8:51AM

Former Signal Hill police officer pleads guilty in road-rage incident in Irvine F09 10:25PM

Calif. Police Accused of 'Collusion' With Neo-Nazis After Release of Court Documents F09 7:14PM

Center for the Study of Political Graphics exhibit on Police Abuse posters F07 9:50AM

City Agrees to Settle Lawsuit Claiming Pasadena Police Officer Had His Sister Falsely Arre F04 3:17PM

Professor's Study Highlights Health Risks of Urban Oil Drilling F04 12:42PM

Claims paid involving Pasadena Police Department 2014 to present F04 10:52AM

Pasadenans - get your license plate reader records from police F03 11:11PM

LA Times Homicide Report F03 1:57PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

Book Available about Hispanics and US Civil War by National Park Service A19 5:52PM

The Shortwave Report 04/20/18 Listen Globally! A19 4:01PM

The Republican 'Prolife' Party Is the Party of War, Execution, and Bear Cub Murder A19 11:48AM

Neurogenèse involutive A18 9:21AM

Paraphysique de la dictature étatique A16 10:13AM

Book Review: "The New Bonapartists" A16 3:45AM

The West Must Take the First Steps to Russia A14 12:25PM

Théorie générale de la révolution ou hommage à feu Mikhaïl Bakounine A14 3:30AM

The Shortwave Report 04/13/18 Listen Globally! A12 3:50PM

“Lost in a Dream” Singing Competition Winner to Be Chosen on April 15 for ,000 Prize! A12 3:48PM

The World Dependent on Central Banks A12 4:43AM

Ohio Governor Race: Dennis Kucinich & Richard Cordray Run Against Mike DeWine A11 9:40PM

March 2018 Honduras Coup Again Update A10 10:52PM

Apologie du zadisme insurrectionnel A10 3:33PM

ICE contract with license plate reader company A10 1:14PM

Palimpseste sisyphéen A09 11:23PM

Black Portraiture(S) IV: The Color of Silence...Cuba No...Cambridge Yes A09 5:32AM

Prohibiting Micro-Second Betting on the Exchanges A09 4:18AM

Prosecutors treat Muslims harsher than non-Muslims for the same crimes A08 10:33PM

Amy Goodman interview on cell phone safety A08 10:29PM

Mesa, Arizona police officer kills unarmed white man A08 9:50PM

Israeli leaders should be prosecuted for war crimes A08 9:48PM

Paraphysique de l'autorité A08 12:11AM

Two Podcasts on fbi corruption A06 10:13PM

Fbi assassins assault & try to kill DAVID ATKINS A06 7:29PM

EPA Head Scott Pruitt: Of Cages And Sirens A06 2:15PM

The Shortwave Report 04/06/18 Listen Globally! A05 4:25PM

Nicaraguas Conflic with native Peoples on the Caribbean Coast Near Bluefields in Decade80 A05 12:14PM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy