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Marla Ruzicka
Birth: Dec. 31, 1976
Lakeport
Lake County
California, USA
Death: Apr. 16, 2005
Baghdad, Iraq

Activist, aid-worker. A politically polarizing individual who was herself, a contradiction. Born in Lakeport, California, she appeared the stereotypical California girl, with blonde hair, good looks, and bubbly personality. However, her tenacious drive to obtain justice for victims belied all cliche's. Most of her life was devoted to such causes. Marla worked for a number of organizations (Global Exchange, Green Party, Code Pink) and founded her own organization known as CIVIC (campaign for innocent victims of conflict). As the main force behind CIVIC she took a hands-on approach and went to Afghanistan and eventually to Iraq to record civilian casualties of the U.S. Military. It was at this point that she began being labeled by some as a traitor and terrorist sympathizer. But for Marla Ruzicka it was not about countries or patriotism but about people. On April 16th, 2005, Marla was returning from visiting a young victim of the war when her car came near a U.S. military convoy. The convoy was attacked by a suicide bomber and Marla was killed in the blast. People of Afghanistan and Iraq erected makeshift memorials in her honor. Marla Ruzicka was only 28 years old. (bio by: death2ur) 
 
Burial:
Saint Marys Catholic Cemetery
Lakeport
Lake County
California, USA
 
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Originally Created by: death2ur
Record added: Oct 28, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 12190943
Marla Ruzicka
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Marla Ruzicka
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Marla Ruzicka
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