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The Story Of Carlos Arredondo: Man On Fire

Posted by jeremiasx on September 19, 2007

Here is the story of one of the amazing people I met in DC while I was up there last weekend…he and I shared hugs and ideas and I’ve never met anyone so dedicated to the honor of the memory of a lost loved one…and the prospect of peace as well. Carry on, Carlos…may God bless you with every step you take in your journey to peace.

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I Took This Photo On Saturday In Lafayette Square Before The March…

Original CNN Story:

(CNN) — After being informed that his 20-year-old son was killed while serving in Iraq, a Florida man doused a U.S. government van with gasoline and set it on fire while sitting inside.

Carlos Arredondo, 44, was severely burned and rushed to Hollywood Regional Hospital in Florida after learning that Pfc. Alexander Arredondo had died, police said.

“He suffered serious burns,” said Detective Carlos Negron.

Negron said the young man was killed in Iraq Tuesday.

Melida Arredondo told CNN-affiliate WFOR, “My husband did not take the news well.”

The events started around 2:15 p.m. when three Marine casualty officers arrived at the home to inform the Arredondo family of the death.

Arredondo went to his garage and came out carrying a propane tank, a gallon of gasoline and a welder’s torch, police spokesman Tony Rode said.

The Marines tried to calm him, Rode said, but Arredondo smashed the window of their van, got inside and doused it with the gasoline.

Then he set it on fire.

“Unfortunately, the man was caught in the fire,” a police statement said.

Video showed the van engulfed in flames.

The three Marines pulled the father from the burning van and had him “drop and roll,” police said.

Arredondo was taken to a hospital and then to a burn center in Miami, Florida, with serious burns over much of his body.

“A bad situation turned ugly is what happened,” Rode said.

“He’s actually inside and, at one point, comes out of the vehicle pretty much on fire,” Rode said. “He was burning on his arms, legs and hands.”

The U.S. Marines had no immediate comment.

A call to the family’s home was not immediately returned.

UPDATED: POEM BY RICK BURNLEY (in black Impeachment T-shirt in pic) , “Man On Fire” (Don’t MISS THIS.)

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