Based: White Sands Missile Range, N.M.
2nd Engineer Battalion
Supporting: Operation Enduring Freedom
Died: October 2, 2010
High School: El Camino High (Oceanside)
Burial: Eternal Hills Memorial Park, Oceanside
From Bakersfield Now
ROSAMOND, Calif. -- Friends and family are mourning the loss of a local soldier killed in the line of duty.
The Department of Defense says Sgt. Brian Pedro, 27, of Rosamond, died Saturday in Pol-e-Khumri, Afghanistan. He was wounded when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades.
Pedro's family knows what it takes to hang the American flag in front of their home. On Sunday morning, a uniformed Army officer came to Lululima Nelson's door to tell her that her 27-year-old son had been killed.
Nelson explained her fears of her son's military career.
"I hope this never happens to me, (but) I know there's a chance," she said. "And now that it has, I just want to let everybody know how proud I am of him."
The Army reservist has left behind a wife and his beloved dog who he called "his little brother."
Pedro went into the Army more than four years ago, and his family says he planned to make the Army his lifetime career. His mother shared with Eyewitness News that her son wanted to follow in the footsteps of his grandfather and stepfather.
"He just wanted to make everybody proud of him, and if he only knew how proud we were of him," Nelson said."I couldn't be happier that he did and died doing what he wanted to do."
Pedro will be buried on Thursday in Oceanside, near San Diego, with full military honors. Locally, the Rosamond VFW Post says a memorial service has been scheduled for Oct. 23.
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