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Brian Arredondo, 24; troubled by brother’s death, father’s trauma

Alex (above left) and Brian Arredondo in 2003. At top right, Victoria Foley with sons Brian (right) and Nathan in 2003. Bottom right: Brian greeted a Marine following funeral services for his older brother Alex, who died in Iraq, in September 2004. Alex (above left) and Brian Arredondo in 2003. At top right, Victoria Foley with sons Brian (right) and Nathan in 2003. Bottom right: Brian greeted a Marine following funeral services for his older brother Alex, who died in Iraq, in September 2004. (Tom Herde (top right)/Wendy Maeda (bottom right)/Globe Staff)
By Bryan Marquard
Globe Staff / January 23, 2012
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Alex Arredondo, a Marine killed in Iraq, once wrote: “I am not afraid of dying. I am more afraid of what will happen to all the ones that I love if something happens to me.’’ Grief-stricken by Alex’s death, his father, Carlos, climbed into a van that burst into flames in what he called an accident. Miles away, his other son, Brian, watched on TV. “I just want to die,’’ he told his mother. On Dec. 19, more than seven years later, he took his life.

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