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John Carrillo Jr

Stockton, California

September 23, 2010

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
20 Army Spc

3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division

Fort Stewart, Georgia

 Died in a non-combat incident.

From Recordnet.com 09/29/10:

Soldier killed trying to stop fight
Stockton Army specialist one of two fatally shot in Iraq barracks brawl
By Joe Goldeen
Record Staff Writer
September 29, 2010 12:00 AM

STOCKTON - Army Spc. John Carrillo Jr. of Stockton was killed last week while trying to break up a fight between two soldiers inside his barracks in Fallujah, Iraq, a family member said Tuesday.

Carrillo, 20, leaves behind his wife, Reylene, the couple's 3-year-old and 3-month-old children, his parents, John Sr. and Desiree Carrillo, three siblings ages 9, 7 and 5, and numerous other relatives in the Stockton area.

He died Friday, a day after the fight and shooting incident. Authorities with United States Forces-Iraq, based in Baghdad, said Spc. Neftaly Platero, 32, of Houston has been placed in pretrial confinement in connection with the deaths of Carrillo and Pfc. Gebrah Noonan, 26, of Watertown, Conn., and the shooting of a third unnamed military member at the base 40 miles west of Baghdad. The third victim's injuries are not life threatening.

Noonan reportedly was the soldier fighting with Platero when Carrillo walked into the barracks, witnessed the altercation and jumped in to stop it, according to Carrillo's cousin Desiree Menchaca, who is serving as a family spokeswoman.

Col. Barry Johnson, a U.S. military spokesman, gave the Washington Post an abbreviated account of what happened: The four men got into an argument, and Platero apparently pulled his weapon on the other men and "started shooting."

"He goes over there and it happens like this. It's ridiculous," Menchaca said about the matter in which Carrillo died.

U.S. Forces-Iraq, a sub-command agency, said, "The incident remains under investigation." It did not answer questions about who is conducting the investigation nor would the military confirm what Johnson or the family said. In response to an e-mail inquiry Tuesday, it did say, "We will release additional information as it becomes available."

Carrillo's mother spent part of Tuesday in Sacramento for a flag ceremony honoring her son. She then returned to Stockton to make funeral arrangements, which are still pending.

At the end of a trying day, she said, "I am just so frustrated with the whole situation. It is always going to be unclear."

Desiree Carrillo explained that her frustration comes from the fact that she is in the throes of grieving for her oldest child while having to deal with a military that has been less than forthcoming.

"The other family in Connecticut already knew all the information. I don't understand how it got out. They knew it was another soldier," Carrillo said.

She said her son had to grow up early, becoming a father at age 16. He was an avid reader, very smart and spent some years being home-schooled by his mother before earning a general-education degree and taking classes at San Joaquin Delta College. It was there he met an Army recruiter who encouraged him to follow his lifelong dream of joining the military.

"He thought this was going to help his family a little faster. It was a way to support his wife and his child. I was very proud of him when he decided to go into the military," Carrillo said.

John Carrillo Jr. enlisted in early 2008 and was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division based at Fort Stewart, Ga. He was deployed to Iraq for the first time in July, shortly after his second child was born.

"He was always there for his family. He was a good son, a good father, a good brother and a good husband. I will never get to see that again. He was a good friend to many people," his mother said, adding that Carrillo also liked to write his own rap music.

Desiree Carrillo believes something could have been done to prevent the shooting.

"I really feel there had to be some issues before it all escalated to this point. How come all the captains and lieutenants and others in charge over there didn't see this coming?" she asked.

"It hurts me also they are using the shooter's name. He has no honor to me. The boys who were shot should be remembered. This is very difficult," Carrillo said.

"I just want everybody to remember my son the way he was. He always made people laugh - even if you were mad, he could make you laugh. He was kind. He was a good person. He was loving. His life was just beginning and it was taken away from him. I hope the military gives us an explanation of why this happened," Carrillo said.

"I want to know everything."

John Carrillo Jr.
Stockton, CA
John Carrillo Jr. Oct. 24, 1989 Sept. 24, 2010

John Carrillo, Jr., age 20, passed away September 24, 2010 in Fallujah, Iraq. John Jr. was an active duty member of the United States Army. He was born on Oct. 24, 1989 in French Camp,California
He leaves behind a wife, Reylene; and two sons, John III (Baby J) and Julius; three siblings, Joseph, Jordan and Desiree; and his parents John Sr. and Desiree all of Stockton, CA; as well as many family and friends. He is now with God and his Grandma Margaret and sister Angel. Jr. loved life in everything that he did. He loved being a father to his boys, reading, running and writing rap music. He was involved in many activities as a child at the church he attended, Lakeview Assembly, from age 3. The Royal Rangers was a very big part of his childhood, where he earned many awards and merits and even making Ranger of the Year many times. As a freshmen at Edison High School, he join the ROTC program. He loved being in a uniform and it was a life long dream to join the Army. He became a father at the young age of 17, and decided to go through the Delta GED program, where he graduated and became a full time student at Delta College. It was at Delta College where he met an Army Recruiter and was excited to finally be able to fulfill his dream and make a better life for him and his young family. He had the support of everyone that loved him. His short life ended doing something he dreamed of doing his whole life. He served his Country with his whole heart, loving ever minute where ever the military sent him. He passed on for our Freedom, and is a True American Hero. He will was loved and will be dearly missed.

A private viewing and funeral was held with family and friends.

Wanted to be able to help his family

The Associated Press

John Carillo?s mother said he was a smart, avid reader who grew up fast as he entered fatherhood at 16.

As a student at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif., he met an Army recruiter who pushed the 20-year-old to fulfill a lifelong goal of serving in the military.

?He thought this was going to help his family a little faster. It was a way to support his wife and his child,? his mother, Desiree Carillo, told the Stockton Record. ?I was very proud of him when he decided to go into the military.?

Carillo died Sept. 24 in Fallujah, Iraq, after being injured a day earlier in a non-combat related incident.

He is survived by his children and his wife, Reylene; his mother and father, Desiree and John Carillo Sr.; and three younger siblings.

?He was always there for his family. He was a good son, a good father, a good brother and a good husband. I will never get to see that again. He was a good friend to many people,? Desiree Carillo said. 

From KCRA TV 3 kcra.com 09/27/10:

Officials: Stockton Soldier Killed By Fellow Serviceman
Victim's Mother Livid After Learning Details

POSTED: 10:45 pm PDT September 27, 2010
UPDATED: 1:25 am PDT September 28, 2010
STOCKTON, Calif. -- A U.S. service member is in custody in connection with the shooting and killing of two service members and injury of another, according to the U.S. Forces Press Desk in Iraq.

Spc. Neftaly Platero is in pretrial confinement from the incident that happened on Sept. 23 in Iraq, officials said.

Desiree Carillos is the mother of one of the victim's, Spc. John Carrillo Jr., 20, of Stockton. Carrillo died Friday of injuries suffered a day earlier in Fallujah, Iraq, the U.S. Department of Defense announced on Monday. Carrillo said military only told them of her son's death at 1 a.m. Friday and did not tell them he was possibly killed by another soldier. Family members told KCRA they learned of the details surrounding death on Monday.

"It was very devastating to find out he was shot by a fellow soldier. (It) is unbelievable. The military should be embarrassed," said Desiree Carrillo.

?Our condolences go out to the families of those service members whose lives were lost. We are saddened by this tragic incident,? said Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan.

Carrillo had two sons, a 3-year-old and a 3-month-old, with his wife Reylene Carrillo.

"He was smart. He was funny. He was a good son and a good father," Desiree Carrillo said. "He joined the Army to better his family. He was a young father and he wanted to support his kids."

Family members tell KCRA that this was Carrillo's first deployment and was last home in late June before deploying to Iraq.

Officials said the incident remains under investigation. 

From CNN World cnn.com 09/29/10:

Official: Soldiers argued before two were killed
September 29, 2010|By the CNN Wire Staff
A verbal altercation between four U.S. soldiers in Iraq preceded the fatal shooting of two and wounding of a third, a U.S. military official said Wednesday.

Spc. Neftaly Platero is in pre-trial confinement, suspected in the deaths of Spc. John Carrillo Jr. and Pfc. Gebrah P. Noonan, the military said Tuesday.

Carrillo, 20, of Stockton, California, and Noonan, 26, of Watertown, Connecticut, died Friday of injuries sustained in a "non-combat" incident that occurred a day earlier, the U.S. Department of Defense said.
They were assigned to 3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, out of Fort Stewart, Georgia.

"The next of kin of the victims were notified that it appears a verbal altercation broke out involving four soldiers, after which the suspect allegedly took his weapon and began shooting the other soldiers," a military official said Wednesday. "The Army is conducting an investigation into the deaths."

Carrillo's mother, Desiree Carrillo, said Tuesday that her son was a good son and a good father to a 3-year-old and a 3-month-old.

"He was a very young father, and he was in school, but he joined the military to provide more for his family," she said.

Desiree Carrillo said the military notified them of Carrillo's death on Friday after family members learned through the media their son may have been killed by another soldier.

Dane Street, Noonan's former track coach, told WFSB that Noonan was loved by nearly everyone.

"His big hair matched his big personality," Street said. "He loved experiencing life, and it was great."

Several people posted rest-in-peace messages on what appears to be Noonan's Facebook page. The page of "Gebrah Noonan" also lists "Neftaly Platero" -- the same name as the suspect -- as a Facebook friend.

From Bryan County News bryancountynews.net 09/29/10:

3rd ID soldier accused of shooting, killing 2 others
By Denise Etheridge
Special to the News
September 29, 2010

Two Fort Stewart soldiers died from gunshot wounds Friday in a non-combat incident while deployed in support of Operation New Dawn. A fellow soldier is being held in connection to the fatal shootings, and in the wounding of another soldier.
Spc. John Carrillo Jr., 20, of Stockton, Calif., and Pfc. Gebrah P. Noonan, 26, of Watertown, Conn., were fatally shot following a ?verbal altercation? on Sept. 23 in Fallujah, Iraq, said U.S. military spokesman Col. Barry Johnson in an Associated Press story. The military has not released the name of a third solider who was injured in the incident.
Spc. Neftaly Platero of Houston, Texas, is suspected of shooting his fellow soldiers, Johnson said.
Carrillo and Noonan were assigned to 3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division. The 4th brigade deployed to Iraq in July.
?Both came to Fort Stewart in May 2010, and it was their first deployment,? said Fort Stewart spokesperson Kevin Larson.
The installation?s public affairs office referred all inquiries about Noonan and Carrillo?s deaths to U.S. Forces-Iraq, based in Baghdad.
Noonan was a graduate of Watertown High School, reported the Republican-American of Waterbury, Conn. His former track coach, Dean Street, told AP ?Noonan was always happy and had a smile that was contagious? and was ?outspoken about his love for his country.?
Carrillo?s mother, Desiree Carrillo, told CNN her son was a good son and a good father.
?He joined the Army to better his family,? Desiree Carrillo said. ?He was a young father, and he wanted to support his kids.?
The Carrillo family also told CNN the military notified them of their son?s death last Friday but did not say he might have been killed by another soldier. The Carrillos heard those reports after being contacted by local media and conducting an Internet search, CNN reported.
?It was very devastating. To find out he was shot by a fellow (soldier) is unbelievable,? Desiree Carrillo told CNN affiliate KCRA. ?The military should be embarrassed.?
The shooting remains under investigation.

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