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Pvt Francheska "Cheka" Velez
Birth: Aug. 20, 1988
Death: Nov. 5, 2009
Fort Hood
Bell County
Texas, USA

Francheska, nicknamed "Cheka", grew up as a shy timid kid who was from the tough streets of Chicago's West Side afraid of horror movies and bugs. She graduated in 2006 from Kelvyn Park High School in Chicago, Illinois where she joined the ROTC and a dance team. After graduation, she decided to join the Army in February 2007 because she wanted to travel, get a degree and do something special with her life. The Army turned the scared little girl into a confident and strong woman who drove fuel tankers. Francheska was one of the happiest people you could hope to meet and she was happiest when she was dancing. Her favorite dances were the salsa and the merengue. She had been back on base for only three days when she was killed. She was filling out paperwork for maternity leave when a disgruntled U.S. Army psychiatrist killed 13 people and injured more than 30 others before he was brought down. Francheska was posthumously awarded the Army Commendation Medal. 
 
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  Infant Velez (____ - 2009)*
 
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Burial:
Mount Olive Cemetery
Chicago
Cook County
Illinois, USA
 
Created by: Brenda N
Record added: Nov 06, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 44000816
Pvt Francheska Cheka Velez
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Pvt Francheska Cheka Velez
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Pvt Francheska Cheka Velez
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Dear Francheska ~ You may be asleep in God's arms, but you are awake in our hearts...
- Patty Valentino
 Added: Sep. 13, 2014

-Anonymous
 Added: Aug. 20, 2014
Warm summer Blessings, and sent with love always...
- Patty Valentino
 Added: Aug. 5, 2014
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