Wednesday, August 25, 2004


A parent's rage

Carlos Arredondo of Hollywood, FL looked out and saw three Marines walking towards his door. "My husband immediately knew that his firstborn son had been killed - and my husband did not take the news well," his wife Melida said.
The father ... then walked into the garage, picked up a can of gasoline, a propane tank and a lighting device.... He smashed the van's window, doused the van with gasoline and set it ablaze, despite attempts by the Marines to stop him....

Mr. Arredondo is currently hospitalized with severe burns to his arms and legs.

As Mr. Arredondo had surmised, the Marines had come to tell him that his son Alexander had been killed in Najaf.

Luz Marina Arredondo, Alexander's grandmother, felt the government was at fault for her grandson's death.

"I blame them a lot," she said. "They send them like guinea pigs over there."

No decision has been made on what charges will be brought.

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