CHICAGO (CBS)– The Aurora community is honoring a 21-year-old soldier killed in a roadside bombing in Afghanistan on Saturday.
The City of Aurora on Saturday identified one of the soldiers as Pfc. Miguel Villalon, 21. The Department of Defense put Joliet as Villalon’s city of residence, but the City of Aurora said Villalon was a proud graduate of East Aurora High School.READ MORE: Recreational Marijuana Sales In Illinois On Pace To More Than Double 2020 Total Of $670 Million
Flags were lowered to half-staff and East Aurora High School posted a message on Facebook, thanking him for his courage and service. The high school plans to have grief counselors on site for students who may need assistance.READ MORE: One Dead, Two Injured In Fiery Crash On I-88 In Naperville
He graduated from the high school in 2017 and was in the school’s ROTC program.
“Our prayers and condolences are with the Villalon family during this tragic time,” Aurora Mayor Richard C. Irvin, an Army veteran, said in a news release on Saturday. “Miguel was a young soldier with dreams for the future and a desire to make a difference in the world today.MORE NEWS: Suspected Gang Leader Jason Brown, Already Accused Of Supporting ISIS, Now Faces Additional Drug, Gun Charges
Villalon’s family is making funeral arrangements.