We had a server outage, and we're rebuilding the site. Some of the site features won't work. Thank you for your patience.
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, Astor Sunsin-Pineda, Killed in Iraq

by DJ Monday, May. 07, 2007 at 9:44 AM

Spc. Astor Sunsin-Pineda, 20, died Wednesday when his vehicle was struck by shrapnel from an improvised explosive device in Baghdad, the U.S. Department of Defense said Friday.

Local Soldier, Astor...
sunsin-pineda.jpg, image/jpeg, 902x600

Caption for photo: Astor Sunsin-Pineda was known as a motivator by his colleagues and family. He attended Wilson High School and served with the U.S. Army in Iraq. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Army )

Former Wilson student killed in Iraq
Obituary: Army Spc. Astor Sunsin-Pineda known as a positive, inspiring young man.
By Kevin Butler, Staff writer
Long Beach Press Telegram

LONG BEACH - During his time at Wilson High School, Astor Sunsin-Pineda was known as a positive student who took the time to cheer up friends when they were feeling blue.

So his stepfather Julio De Paz was not surprised to hear that Sunsin-Pineda, a U.S. Army combat engineer, did the same for his fellow soldiers in Iraq.

"He was always motivating the other guys," De Paz said, reporting what Sunsin-Pineda's fellow servicemen told him. "When everyone was down, Astor would get up and motivate his compadres in the Army."

Spc. Sunsin-Pineda, 20, died Wednesday when his vehicle was struck by shrapnel from an improvised explosive device in Baghdad, the U.S. Department of Defense said Friday.

He was assigned to Special Troops Battalion, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division.

entered the Army in August 2005 and began serving with the 1st Infantry Division in January 2006.

While stationed at Fort Riley in Kansas and in Iraq, Sunsin-Pineda was content and motivated, knowing that military work was what he always had wanted to do, De Paz said.

"He was very driven," De Paz said. "He was smiling all the time. He was very positive. Everything he tried to do, he accomplished."

During high school, Sunsin-Pineda often worked in De Paz's automotive service shop in Long Beach, and he also enjoyed playing soccer and snowboarding.

He finished his senior year at Wilson, but took classes in adult school afterward to fulfill his diploma requirements, his stepfather said.

"He loved school," De Paz added.

While in Iraq, Sunsin-Pineda was in frequent contact with his family.

He told family members, "Don't worry, I'm doing what I want to do," De Paz said.

Following his tour in Iraq, Sunsin-Pineda planned either to continue a career in the Army after his service in Iraq or become a police officer, De Paz said.

Sunsin-Pineda regularly read the Bible and, in the wake of his death, family members have been taking comfort in their shared religious beliefs.

"We preach the word of God, and we know that he just went ahead of us, and we will be together," De Paz said.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Sunsin-Pineda Kevin Butler can be reached at kevin.butler@presstelegram.com or (562) 499-1308.

Copyright © 2007 Los Angeles Newspaper Group
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


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
thank you DJ for the Taps Sad Vet Monday, May. 07, 2007 at 10:01 AM
THE OFFICIAL WHITE HORSE LOUSE ON IRAQ US SOLDIER CASUALTIES THE OFFCIAL WHITE HORSE LOUSE Monday, May. 07, 2007 at 11:45 AM
© 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