Cpl Tony Carrasco Jr., 25, of Berino, N.M.; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 32nd Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.; died Nov. 4 in Ad Dawr, Iraq, of a gunshot wound sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit. He was killed in Ad Dawr, Iraq after being hit by sniper fire.
Army Spec. Tony Carrasco Jr., 25, born February 11, 1984 in Las Cruces, NM to Antonio and Juana Carrasco. Tony's life was cut short while on deployment in Iraq. He was killed on Wednesday, November 04, 2009 by a sniper. Tony enlisted with the U.S. Army in January 2008 to serve his country. He was currently stationed in Ft. Riley, KS. Tony was a 2003 graduate of Gadsden High School. Tony was a caring and loving young man with a heart as big as the world and a big smile to match. He was a loving son, brother, uncle and friend, always with a helping hand. He was protective of his family and by joining the military he was also protective of his country.
Survivors include his parents, Antonio and Juana Carrasco; wife Johana Carrasco; sisters, Rosie Carrasco (Raymond Flores), Susana Carrasco (Adrian Cardona), Jessica Carrasco (Steven Lopez); his stepdaughter; stepson Axel and his unborn child; his nephew Raymond Flores Jr.; niece Kayla Flores; uncles, aunt and cousins as well as many friends.
Viewing will be held on Friday, November 13, 2009 at 2 p.m. at Iglesia Jesucristo Apostolica in Berino, NM. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 14, 2009 at 11 a.m. at the same church. Burial will follow at the St. Anthony Cemetery in Anthony, NM.
Pallbearers will be members of Tony's family and Ft. Bliss Military Honors Detail. Services are under the direction of Sunset Funeral Homes in El Paso, TX.
Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on November 12, 2009
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